Tonight’s Officials -12/18/13

Just two games tonight, and they’re happening just ten miles apart. Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers Referees: Don Van Massenhoven (#21) – 3.5 minors/gm. 10.2 total PIM/gm.Favors home team (48.3% of penalties vs. home teamFirst game involving either the Penguins or Rangers this season Steve Kozari (#40) – 4.1 minors/gm. 13.1 total PIM/gmFavors home team (47.2% of penalties vs. home teamRangers are 0-1 under Kozari (Loss to Anaheim on 10/10. Penguins are 1-0 (Win vs. Buffalo on 10/5This is Kozari’s first game at MSG this season Van Massenhoven and Kozari worked together once this season – Lightning vs. Kings on 10/15 (Total 16 PIM in that game) Linesmen: Ryan Galloway (#82), Darren Gibbs (#66) Anthem: John Amirante – Rangers are 2-4-1 this season when Amirante singsLast Amirante win was 11/6 vs. Penguins.  Since then, 0-3-1 when he handles anthem duties. Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils Referees: Dennis LaRue (#14) – 3.4 minors/gm. 10.7 total PIM/gm.Favors road team (52.2% of calls were against home team)Devils are 1-2 under LaRue (Win vs. Penguins on 11/16. Losses to Winnipeg on 10/13 and Montreal on 12/2).Senators are 1-0 (Shootout win over Flyers on 12/9)  This is the second time this season LaRue has been paired with a rookie ref. He was on the ice for TJ Luxmore’s first NHL game (Nashville vs. Detroit on 11/19) Trent Knorr (#44) – 4.0 minors/gm....

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