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About the Rangers - Game 6 - 05-11-14

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 and Mats Zuccarello, 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) each.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 road win in Game 5, Friday. Derick Brassard (right) had two goals an an assist for the Rangers.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (7-4, 2.37 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (6-6, 2.16 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Olli Maatta (undisclosed) is questionable. 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 -71 Evgeni Malkin
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 57 Marcel Goc - 22 Lee Stempniak
49 Brian Gibbons - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

-The Penguins rotated their defensemen at the morning skate. Consider this a guess based on the assumption Maatta won't play:

7 Paul Martin - 58 Kris Letang
2 Matt Niskanen - 4 Rob Scuderi
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

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

20 Chris Kreider - 21 Derek Stepan - 61 Rick Nash
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 - 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:

-Maatta and Orpik did not practice. No official update was provided on their status.

-The Penguins power play has been blanked (0-for-7) the past three games. At today's morning skate, they worked with a top unit of Crosby, Kunitz, Malkin, Neal, Niskanen.

-"We just play." - Brassard on his success with Pouliot and Zuccarello against the Penguins. They have combined for five goals this series.

-“I always found when I’m struggling this bad it always seems like it’s one off your shin pad, one that shouldn’t go in that goes in, it’s one of those fluky ones that gets you out of the funk. I don’t think it’s ever stretched out this long.” - Nash on his goal-scoring slump.

-The referees will be Marc Joannette (No. 25) and Kevin Pollock (No. 33). The linesmen will be Scott Driscoll (No. 68) and Steve Miller (No. 89).

-Our live blog, direct from New Amsterdam, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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