A preview of the Rangers.
When and where: 8 p.m. EST. Madison Square Garden.
TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN2.
Record: 16-17-1, 33 points. The Rangers are in fifth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Brad Richards, 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 home shootout win against the Flames, Sunday. Derek Stepan (right) had a goal and an assist for the Rangers.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 home win, Nov. 6. Brian Boyle had a goal and an assist for the Rangers.
Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Derick Brassard. He has 8 points in seven career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Arron Asham, RW; Dominic Moore, C; Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Ulf Samuelsson, associate coach; Glen Sather, general manager.
Ex-Rangers on the Penguins: Pascal Dupuis, right winger; Tony Granato, assistant coach.
Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Asham is one of six former Penguins who have led the Rangers in penalty minutes during a single season. The others are defensemen Darius Kasparaitis, Ulf Samuelsson, left winger Vic Hadfield, center Derek Sanderson and right winger Tomas Sandstrom.
Best Rangers Video We Could Find: Former Rangers defenseman Marek Malik's shootout goal from between his legs in 2005-06:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (19-8-1, 1.98 GAA, .925 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (10-14-1, 2.71 GAA, .909 SV%) for the Rangers.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("lower-body") is day to day. Defensemen Kris Letang ("upper body"), Paul Martin (leg), Brooks Orpik (head), Rob Scuderi (ankle), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Jayson Megna ("lower body"), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, right winger Ryan Callaghan (knee) and defenseman Marc Staal (concussion) 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 - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 49 Brian Gibbons
23 Chris Conner - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
27 Craig Adams - 36 Zach Sill - 12 Chuck Kobasew
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 8 Brian Dumoulin
47 Simon Despres - 55 Philip Samuelsson
-The Rangers held an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings at yesterday's practice were:
20 Chris Kreider - 21 Derek Stepan - 61 Rick Nash
19 Brad Richards- 16 Derick Brassard - 36 Mats Zuccarello
62 Carl Hagelin- 28 Dominic Moore- 15 Derek Dorsett
67 Benoit Pouliot- 22 Brian Boyle - 45 Arron Asham
27 Ryan McDonagh - 6 Anton Stralman
4 Michael Del Zotto - 5 Dan Girardi
17 John Moore - 42 Dylan McIlrath
The last time the Penguins played the Rangers, this happened:
-For the Penguins, defenseman Deryk Engelland and left winger James Neal are suspended.
-Engelland's suspension was announced today.
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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)