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Penguins seek Metropolitan success hosting Rangers

by David Satriano /

RANGERS (25-13-4) at PENGUINS (26-11-6)

TV: NBC, TVA Sports, SN

Season series: The New York Rangers are 2-0-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the loss coming at Pittsburgh on Nov. 15. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist has a 1.59 goals-against average, .953 save percentage and a shutout. Rangers forward Rick Nash has five points. Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin has three points.

Rangers team scope: New York did not skate Saturday after a 2-1 win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Lundqvist (21-9-3, 2.27 goals-against average, .919 save percentage) will be in goal, according to The Rangers, who were shut out two games in a row before Friday, are 14-3-0 in their past 17 games. New York is 12-3-1 against the Metropolitan Division.

Penguins team scope: Pittsburgh is 6-7-3 against the Metropolitan Division after losing to the New York Islanders 6-3 on Friday. "Those games are important games and the intensity and level of play is higher in those games," Sidney Crosby told the Penguins website Saturday. "We have to make sure we can raise our level as well. We haven't done a good enough job of that. It's probably a good reason why our record in the division is what it is." Crosby has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past six games. Forward David Perron has five points in five games since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. Pittsburgh is 19 for its past 20 penalty kills and has scored on four of eight power plays.

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