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Preview: Bruins at Islanders

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask out; New York hosts crucial game in Eastern Conference wild-card race

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BRUINS (38-30-6) at ISLANDERS (35-26-12)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV

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Doug Weight makes point, Islanders get crucial win

New York battles back, inches closer to playoff spot with victory at Rangers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Doug Weight had to undo his top button and loosen his tie.

Weight, the New York Islanders coach, was getting too tight, too agitated and too animated when talking to his team during the first and second intermissions at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

"I had to undo my button because I was going to blow up," Weight said.

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Super 16

Super 16: Penguins take over No. 1

Blackhawks, Capitals each slide a spot, Oilers move into top 10

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

There's a new No. 1 in the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for the second straight week. And it was the closest race of the season to get there.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won three games in a row and eight of their past 10 (8-1-1), finished No. 1 this week, edging the Chicago Blackhawks by one point in the voting. The Blackhawks were No. 1 last week, when they received two more points than the Washington Capitals.

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Preview: Islanders at Rangers

Visitors continue playoff push at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

ISLANDERS (33-26-12) at RANGERS (45-24-4)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

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Henrik Lundqvist to play this weekend for Rangers

Goaltender will start two of three games on road trip after missing seven with hip injury

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will make his return from a hip injury by playing two of the team's three games on its upcoming California road trip, coach Alain Vigneault said Wednesday.

Lundqvist said if it were up to him he could return against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). But the Rangers are opting for patience and precaution with their injured No. 1 goalie, so Lundqvist will miss his seventh consecutive game with a muscle strain in his hip. Antti Raanta will start his seventh straight game.

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For Rangers, home is where heartache is

New York has best road mark in NHL but can't figure out formula for success at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The New York Rangers return to their house of agony Wednesday. They better figure out how to turn Madison Square Garden into a house of comfort soon.

The Rangers' next chance to end their slump on home ice comes against the New York Islanders (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). They are 0-4-2 in their past six games at MSG and 19-15-3 there this season.

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Sidney Crosby key in Penguins playoff berth

Evgeni Malkin, Justin Schultz, organizational depth also big part of Pittsburgh clinching 11th straight trip to postseason

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one step closer to becoming the first repeat Stanley Cup champions since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings.

The Penguins clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 11th straight season with a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: Sidney Crosby favorite to win scoring race

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the March 22 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday through the course of the 2016-17 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Peter DeBoer

Sharks coach on unique road trip, depth, playoff readiness, more

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer:

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Eric Staal of Wild set for grand celebration

Veteran center about to become first member of 2003 Draft to play in 1,000th NHL game

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer

Eric Staal keeps setting the bar higher and higher for his younger brothers.

The Minnesota Wild center can become the first player from the 2003 NHL Draft and the 311th player in history to play 1,000 NHL games when the Wild visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV).

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