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Projected lineups for Penguins, Rangers

Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 1:14 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

NEW YORK -- Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will make his fifth straight start as the Pittsburgh Penguins pay a visit to the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

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.

PENGUINS
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan - Tyler Kennedy - Richard Park
Eric Tangradi - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury
Brent Johnson

RANGERS
Brandon Dubinsky - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Artem Anisimov - John Mitchell - Mike Rupp

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

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