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About the Rangers - Game 1 - 05-02-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: NBC Sports, CBC, RDS.

Leading postseason scorer: Brad Richards (right) and Martin St. Louis, 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home win against the Flyers in Game 7 of a first round series, Wednesday. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 road shootout win, Feb. 7. Benoit Pouliot had two regulation goals for the Rangers.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (4-2, 2.81 GAA, .908 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (4-3, 2.11 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, centers Brandon Sutter (undisclosed) and Joe Vitale (undisclosed) are probable. Center Brian Gibbons (suspected shoulder) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) are doubtful. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (knee) is on injured reserve. For the Rangers, left winger Chris Kreider (hand) is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby -22 Lee Stempniak
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
15 Tanner Glass - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin - 58 Kris Letang
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 4 Rob Scuderi

 -The Rangers primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

61 Rick Nash - 21 Derek Stepan - 26 Martin St. Louis
67 Benoit Pouliot - 16 Derick Brassard - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin - 19 Brad Richards - 13 Dan Carcillo
22 Brian Boyle - 28 Dominic Moore - 15 Derek Dorsett

 

27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore - 8 Kevin Klein

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Rangers, this happened:

-“The way they played and the way Columbus brought their game to them, I think we can learn a lot from the way Columbus put everything behind the defensemen,  made them defend. They forechecked hard.  They didn’t pass on any shots.  That’s something we’re going to try to do. Obviously, we’re facing two of the best players in the word (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin), we have to pay close attention to those two players.” - Brassard on the Penguins' first round series with the Blue Jackets.

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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