Defenseman Kris Letang, out nearly two months, will be back in the Penguins' lineup. It was announced by the Penguins that forward Arron Asham, who hasn't played since Sunday, has a concussion and is out indefinitely.
The Rangers won't make it official until later in the day, but Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes. Backup Martin Biron was the only goalie on the ice at an optional practice in Greenburgh, N.Y., in the morning, a sure sign that Lundqvist will start.
Here is what the Penguins and Rangers will probably look like when they take the ice (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) in their Atlantic Division showdown. The lines for the Rangers were put through a blender during the end of their last game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, but what you see here is how they started that game.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis