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Rangers-Penguins on NBC starts busy Sunday

Saturday, 03.19.2011 / 8:15 PM / Schedule

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Rangers-Penguins on NBC starts busy Sunday
After four days off, the Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to mind an early call on Sunday.
After four days off, the Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to mind an early call on Sunday.

The Penguins, who've been idles since winning 5-1 at Ottawa on Tuesday, host the New York Rangers on Sunday in NBC's NHL Game of the Week, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Despite playing without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and a number of other injured players, the Penguins are 5-1-2 in their last eight games.

The Rangers are coming off a 6-3 home win against Montreal on Friday, but are hoping goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be able to play -- he has a stiff neck after a goalmouth collision with Montreal's Benoit Pouliot late in Friday's game.

The Rangers-Penguins game, which can also be seen in Canada on the NHL Network, is the first of six on Sunday's schedule.

At 5 p.m. ET, the Columbus Blue Jackets try to build on Saturday's 5-4 OT win at Minnesota when they host New Jersey. The Devils, the NHL's hottest team in the second half of the season, are coming off a 3-0 home loss to Washington on Friday. Also at 5, Nashville visits Buffalo, an 8-2 winner against Atlanta on Saturday. An hour later, the Wild try to bounce back from Saturday's loss when they host Montreal -- a game that can be seen in Canada on RDS and CBC.

The last two games get under way at 8 p.m. ET. Chicago, a 5-0 loser at Dallas on Thursday, visits Phoenix, where the Coyotes are back home after completing a perfect 4-0-0 trip with a 3-1 win at Vancouver on Friday. Also at 8, Calgary begins a four-game trip with a visit to Anaheim in a game between two teams jockeying for one of the final playoff berths in the Western Conference.


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