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About the Rangers - 04-03-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

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

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Record: 28-9-0, 56 points. The Rangers are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Rick Nash, 30 points (3 goals, 17 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 home win against the Jets, Monday. Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-0 road loss, March 16. Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves for the Penguins.

Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Marian Gaborik Ryan Clowe. Because why not?

Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Arron Asham (above), RW; Rick Kehoe, professional scout, Glen Sather, general manager.

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

Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Rangers defenseman Roman Hamrlik is one of three players from the Czech Republic's 1998 gold medal-winning Olympic hockey team still active in the NHL. The others are Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk and Bruins right winger and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

Best Rangers Video We Could Find: Rangers coach John Tortorella mixing it up with Capitals fans during a 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (18-5-0, 2.18 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (15-13-2, 2.19 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (mouth) and defenseman Mark Eaton (illness) are out. Defensemen Kris Letang ("lower body") and Paul Martin (hand) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (face) and right winger Derek Dorsett (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate today. Consider this a guess based off last night's game:

14 Chris Kunitz - 17 Dustin Jeffrey - 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 48 Tyler Kennedy - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 47 Simon Despres
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
5 Deryk Engelland - 8 Robert Bortuzzo

The Rangers held an optional skate today. After a few big trades the past few days, consider this a complete guess at their lines and defensive pairings based on their last game:

29 Ryane Clowe - 19 Brad Richards - 22 Brian Boyle
61 Rick Nash - 21 Derek Stepan - 24 Ryan Callahan
62 Carl Hagelin - 16 Derrick Brassard - 47 J.T. Miller
45 Arron Asham - 8 Darroll Powe - 14 Taylor Pyatt

4 Michael Del Zotto - 5 Dan Girardi
17 John Moore - 44 Steve Eminger
6 Anton Stralman - 27 Ryan McDonagh

Notes:

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

-Assuming he plays, Malkin will surpass Aleksey Morozov for most games played by a Russian/Soviet Union born player in franchise history. Both players have 451 games.

-Malkin (554) needs two more points to surpass left winger Kevin Stevens (555) for seventh-most points in franchise history.

-Niskanen has appeared in 399 career games.

-Glass has appeared in 299 career games.

-Clowe will be making his debut with the Rangers after being acquired from the Sharks in a trade yesterday.

-The Rangers traded right winger Marian Gaborik and minor league defensemen Steven Delisle and Blake Parlett to the Blue Jackets in exchange for center Derick Brassard right winger Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore. Brassard and Moore are expected to play.

-Hagelin has appeared in 99 career games.

-Stepan has appeared in 199 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 7:15 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Asham-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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