A preview of the Rangers.
When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG 2 (New York Market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), RDS.
Record: 31-24-3, 65 points. The Rangers are in second place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Mats Zuccarello, 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists).
Last Game: 2-1 home loss to the Oilers, last night. Cam Talbot made 29 saves for the Rangers.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 road loss, Jan. 3. Zuccarello had a goal and an assist for the Rangers.
Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Derick Brassard (right). He has a five-game scoring streak.
Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Dan Carcillo, LW (Carcillo is a former draft pick who never played for the Penguins); Dominic Moore, C; Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Ulf Samuelsson, associate coach; Glen Sather, general manager.
Ex-Rangers on the Penguins: Pascal Dupuis, RW; Tony Granato, assistant coach; Taylor Pyatt, LW.
Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The Rangers' Kevin Klein is one of four NHL defensemen drafted by the Predators in 2003 - under then assistant general manager Ray Shero - who have at least 100 games of NHL experience. The others are Buffalo's Alexander Sulzer, Minnesota's Ryan Suter and Nashville's Shea Weber.
Best Rangers Video We Could Find: Former Rangers goaltender Mike Richter was not only a Team USA star, but a big Wendy's fan as well:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (31-13-1, 2.22 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (21-18-3, 2.43 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Rangers.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Kris Letang (stroke) and left winger Taylor Pyatt ("lower body") are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), center Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, right winger Derek Dorsett (broken fibula) is on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 59 Jayson Megna
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 27 Craig Adams - 5 Deryk Engelland
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
4 Rob Scuderi - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
-The Rangers did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Oilers last night were:
20 Chris Kreider - 21 Derek Stepan - 61 Rick Nash
62 Carl Hagelin - 19 Brad Richards - 24 Ryan Callahan
67 Benoit Pouliot - 16 Derick Brassard - 36 Mats Zuccarello
22 Brian Boyle - 28 Dominic Moore - 13 Daniel Carcillo
27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 6 Anton Stralman
17 John Moore - 8 Kevin Klein
-The last time the Penguins played the Rangers, this happened:
-Letang was diagnosed with a stroke.
-Chris Kunitz has 199 career goals.
-Jokinen has 398 career points.
-Neal has 197 career points.
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(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)