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.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday