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About the Rangers - 04-05-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG Plus (New York market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), RDS.

Record: 18-15-3, 39 points. The Rangers are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Rick Nash, 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists).

Last Game: 6-1 home win, Wednesday. Derick Brassard had a goal and three assists for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: Ditto.

Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ryan Clowe. He had two goals and an assist in Wednesday's game.

Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Arron Asham, 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: With 268 career wins, New York's Henrik Lundqvist (above) is one of three Swedish-born goaltenders with 100 or more career wins. The others are former Islanders/Oilers/Avalanche goaltender Tommy Salo (210) and former Penguins/Canucks/Stars/Thrashers as well as current Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg (160).

Best Rangers Video We Could Find: Former Rangers goaltender Mike Richter stopping former Canucks right winger Pavel Bure on a penalty shot in Game 4 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (18-6-0, 2.34 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (16-13-2, 2.15 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Rangers.

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

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 48 Tyler Kennedy

44 Brooks Orpik - 4 Mark Eaton
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

The Rangers held an optional skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings are:

61 Rick Nash - 21 Derek Stepan - 24 Ryan Callahan
29
Ryane Clowe - 19 Brad Richards - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin - 16 Derrick Brassard - 22 Brian Boyle
14 Taylor Pyatt - 8 Darroll Powe - 45 Arron Asham

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

Notes:

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

-Jokinen will be making his debut with the Penguins.

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

-Lundqvist has appeared in 499 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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