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About the Rangers - Game 4 - 05-07-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., EDT. Madison Square Garden.

TV: NBC Sports, CBC, RDS.

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

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-0 home road loss in Game 3, Monday. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for the Rangers.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (6-3, 2.22 GAA, .925 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (5-5, 2.08 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) is questionable. 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 questionable.

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
49 Brian Gibbons - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams

-The defensemen rotated. Consider this a guess under the assumption Orpik will not play:

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

-The Rangers' lines and defensive pairings were all over the place. Consider this a guess under the assumption Kreider plays:

 

61 Rick Nash (above) - 21 Derek Stepan - 20 Chis Kreider
67 Benoit Pouliot - 16 Derick Brassard - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin - 19 Brad Richards - 26 Martin St. Louis
22 Brian Boyle - 28 Dominic Moore - 13 Dan Carcillo

27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
4 Raphael Diaz - 8 Kevin Klein

 

Notes:

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

-Jokinen has a seven-game scoring streak.

-Fleury has stopped 57 consecutive shots.

-Orpik participated in the morning skate. Dan Bylsma did not provide an update on his status.

-Among potential unrestricted free agents, Jokinen and Niskanen are second in the NHL in postseason scoring.

-The Rangers power play is 0 for its past 34 chances.

-Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Kreider is medically cleared to resume playing but is considered day-to-day.

-The referees will be Dave Jackson (No. 8) and Dan O'Rourke (No. 9). The linesmen will be Derek Amell (No. 75) and Derek Nansen (No. 70).

-Our live blog, direct from Gotham City, will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

(Photo: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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