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About the Rangers - 01-20-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Madison Square Garden.

TV: Root Sports, MSG, NHL Network (United States, outside the Pittsburgh and New York markets).

Record: 0-1-0, 0 points. The Ranger are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and tied for third in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Brad Richards (right), 1 point (1 goal, 0 assists).

Last Game: 3-1 road loss against the Bruins, last night. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 road loss, April 5, 2012. Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Rick Nash. The new Rangers forward has 10 career points in 10 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Arron Asham, RW; Rick Kehoe, professional scout, Mike Rupp, C; Glen Sather, general manager.

Ex-Rangers on the Penguins: Pascal Dupuis, RW; Tony Granato, assistant coach.

Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Excluding "Original Six" franchises, the Rangers have recorded more wins against the Penguins (117) than any other franchise. The Flyers and Islanders are each second wth 116.

Best Rangers Video We Could Find: Don Maloney, Ron Greschner, Anders Hedberg and Phil Esposito of the Rangers pitching Sasson Jeans back in the day:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (25-17-2, 2.51 GAA, .917 SV% in 2011-12) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (0-1-0, 3.04 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, they are reporting no injuries. For the Rangers, defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion) is on injured reserve.

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

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland

-Based off last night's game, these are the expected lines and pairings for the Rangers:

Carl Hagelin - Bradi Richards - Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt - Brian Boyle - Chris Kreider
Mike Rupp - Jeff Halpern - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto - Stu Bickel

Notes:

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

-Then this happened:

-Vokoun will be making his Penguins debut. He will be joining Kris Beech, Chris Bourque, Matt Cooke, Rico Fata and Brent Johnson as the only players to be NHL teammates with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

-Marc-Andre Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Crosby has 609 career points. He needs five more to surpass Ron Francis (613) for fourth-most in franchise history.

-Engelland has 198 career penalty minutes.

-Kennedy joined Mark Recchi as the only players in franchise history to score the team's first goal of a season three or more times.

-Lundqvist did this last night:

-Callahan had 198 career points.

-The Rangers have seven players who stand 6-foot-3 or taller: Bickel (6-foot-4), Boyle (6-foot-7), Kreider (6-foot-3), Nash (6-foot-4), Pyatt (6-foot-4), Rupp (6-foot-5) and Staal (6-foot-4).

-Asham complete a suspension last night stemming from last season's playoffs. While still with the Penguins, he was disiplined for a crosscheck to the face of Flyers forward Brayden Schenn in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Asham was suspended four games.

-Our live blog, direct from the world's most overrated arena New York, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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