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About the Rangers - 01-31-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

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

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh), MSG (New York), NHL Network (Outside Pittsburgh and New York), RDS.

Record: 3-3-0, 6 points. The Ranger are in eighthy place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (right), 8 point (5 goals, 3 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home win against the Flyers, Tuesday. Michael Del Zotto had a goal and an assist for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-3 home loss, Jan. 20. James Neal scored two goals for the Penguins.

Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Rick Nash. He has 11 career points in 11 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Arron Asham, RW; Benn Ferriero, C (Ferriero is a former AHL Penguin but never played for the NHL club); 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: The top two single-season power-play goal totals in Rangers history are owned by former Penguins. Jaromir Jagr (24 in 2005-06) and Vic Hadfield (23 in 1971-72).

Best Rangers Video We Could Find: Former Rangers center Artem Anisimov scoring a goal against the Lightning and igniting a brawl by doing a "shotgun" celebration:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (1-1-0, 2.59 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (3-3-0, 2.75 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Chris Kunitz (illness) is probable. Defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) is on injured reserve. For the Rangers, right winger Ryan Callahan (shoulder) is out. Left winger Chris Kreider (ankle) and defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: Based off today's morning skate, these are the expected lines and defensive pairings assuming Kunitz is healthy enough to play:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
15 Dustin Jeffrey - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

47 Simon Despres - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Rangers held an optional morning skate today. Their lines and defensive pairings based on yesterday's practice should be:

61 Rick Nash - 19 Brad Richards - 10 Marian Gaborik
62 Carl Hagelin - 21 Derek Stepan - 14 Taylor Pyatt
17 Mike Rupp - 22 Brian Boyle - 36 Benn Ferriero
41 Stu Bickel - 15 Jeff Halpern - 45 Arron Asham

27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 4 Michael Del Zotto
97 Matt Gilroy - 6 Anton Stralman

Notes:

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

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

-Evgeni Malkin (324 assists) needs one assist to pass Rick Kehoe for seventh place on the franchise's all-time assist list.

-Welcome to Pittsburgh Zach Boychuk.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Gilroy will make his season debut.

-Lundqvist will be making his seventh consecutive start of the season. He has started every game this season for New York.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 6:55 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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