About the Rangers - Game 2 - 05-04-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: NBC Sports, CBC, RDS.

Leading postseason scorer: Brad Richards, 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists).

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road win in Game 1, Friday. Benoit Pouliot (right) had a goal and an assist for the Rangers.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (4-3, 2.82 GAA, .906 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (5-3, 2.08 GAA, .923 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Brian Gibbons (suspected shoulder) is questionable. 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


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

-Orpik worked out yesterday but not today.

-Kreider skated in a no-contact jersey.

-"He instilled a lot of confidence in me. He taught me to play the game the right way. In his mind, there’s a right way to play the game and a wrong way." - Glass on Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

-"I don't think anyone's really worried about Sid or Geno. They're great players, even if Sid hasn't scored. He's setting up plays. He draws so many guys that it creates room for Chris [Kunitz] and I. I'm not worried. I know it's going to come. It's one of those things ... you want to get them the puck because they do such good things but, especially in the playoffs, it's magnified how they're being covered, how they're being checked. It's on us to step up and use that extra ice, that extra room, and make plays, too." - Stempniak on Crosby and Malkin.

-The referees are Eric Furlatt (No. 27) and Wes McCauley (No. 4). The linesmen are Brian Murphy (No. 93) and Jonny Murray (no. 95).

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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