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About the Rangers - Game 5 - 05-09-14

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, 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists).

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 home loss in Game 4, Wednesday. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for the Rangers.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (7-3, 2.20 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (5-6, 2.27 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) is doutful. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (knee) is on injured reserve. For the Rangers, they have no suspected injuries.

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

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

-The Rangers' did not hold a morning skate today. Consider this a guess based on their lines and defensive pairings at practice yesterday:

20 Chis Kreider (above) - 21 Derek Stepan - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin - 19 Brad Richards - 61 Rick Nash
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Benoit Pouliot - 16 Derick Brassard - 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:

-Jokinen has an eight-game scoring streak.

-Orpik did not participate at the morning skate.

-“It would be great to not go back (to New York)." - Martin on potentially winning the series tonight.

-The Rangers did not hold media availability today. Head coach Alain Vigneault will speak with the media at 5 p.m.

-St. Louis' mother passed away unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 63. His status for tonight's game is uncertain.

-The Rangers power play is 0 for its past 36 chances.

-The referees will be Tim Peel (No. 20) and Chris Rooney (No. 5). The linesmen will be Scott Cherrey (No. 50) and Brad Kovachkik (No. 71).

-Our live blog will begin at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

 

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