A preview of the Rangers.
When and where: 8 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: NBC Sports.
Record: 30-18-5, 65 points. The Rangers are in second place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Derick Brassard, 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists).
Last Game: 2-1 home win against the Devils Monday. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (right) made 27 saves for the Rangers.
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 overtime home win in Game 5 of a first-round series April 24, 2015. Lundqvist made 37 saves.
Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Brassard. He has 16 points in 14 career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Center Matt Cullen, right winger Pascal Dupuis, left winger Carl Hagelin, head coach Mike Sullivan.
Ex-Rangers on the Penguins: Left winger Tanner Glass, professional scout Rick Kehoe, center Dominic Moore, assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, president Glen Sather.
Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Hagelin scored the overtime goal which clinched the series for the Rangers April 24. There have been two one-time Penguins players who have scored a series-clinching overtime goal against Penguins. The other is right winger Garry Valk who scored in overtime of a 4-3 win by the Maple Leafs in Game Six of a 1999 Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The last time the Penguins played the Rangers, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-12-5, 2.42 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (26-14-4, 2.37 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Rangers.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is out. Right winger Beau Bennett (right shoulder), Pascal Dupuis (blood clots), centers Nick Bonino (hand), Eric Fehr ("lower body") and defenseman David Warsofsky (concussion) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, defenseman Ryan McDonagh (concussion) and left winger Rick Nash (left leg bone bruise) are out.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins had an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and pairings:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 7 Matt Cullen - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 17 Bryan Rust
43 Conor Sheary - 11 Kevin Porter- 23 Scott Wilson
58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
6 Trevor Daley - 8 Brian Dumoulin
12 Ben Lovejoy - 51 Derrick Pouliot
-The Rangers held an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and pairings are:
10 J.T. Miller - 16 Derick Brassard - 19 Jesper Fast
20 Chris Kreider - 21 Derek Stepan - 36 Mats Zuccarello
24 Oscar Lindberg - 13 Kevin Hayes - 25 Viktor Stalberg
15 Tanner Glass - 28 Dominic Moore - 12 Daniel Paille
93 Keith Yandle - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 8 Kevin Klein
22 Dan Boyle - 6 Dylan McIlrath
-Center Sidney Crosby has an 11-game point-scoring streak and a seven-game goal streak. Additionally, he has scored goals in nine consecutive home games.
-Right winger Patric Hornqvist has 297 career points.
-Rangers center Derek Stepan has 98 career goals.
-Rangers center J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio who grew up in Coraopolis, has 10 points (nine goals, one assist) in his past 10 games.
-The referees are (No. 33) Kevin Pollock and (No. 25) Marc Joannette. The linesmen are (No. 84) Tony Sericolo and (No. 76) Michel Cormier.
(Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)