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Game Preview: Pens-Rangers

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop

The Penguins host the New York Rangers at PPG Paints Arena in a battle for first place in the Metro Division. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Rangers

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X


The Rangers lead the Metro Division with 47 points (2 ahead of Pittsburgh) … The Pens enter tonight's contest having lost two straight games, both in overtime … Pittsburgh, which averaged 5.8 goals over a 7-game winning streak, has scored just 1 goal in the past 2 games … Justin Schultz leads all NHL defensemen with 12 points (4G-8A) in the month of December … Evgeni Malkin has points in 15 of 17 home games this season … The Pens PK, which had struggled of late, has killed of 12 straight … The Pens are 13-1-2 when Sidney Crosby scores a goal … Goaltender Matt Murray will start. The rookie tender has a 12-game home unbeaten streak (10-0-2) … The Pens are without Kris Letang (lower-body, 2 games missed), Trevor Daley (upper-body, 1) and Tom Kuhnhackl (lower-body, 1) … The Rangers enter the contest on a 3-game winning streak … New York has posted shutouts in 3 of the last 6 games, allowing just 6 goals over the past 7 contests … Netminder Antti Raanta will start. He has posted a 3-1 mark, 0.75 GAA, .966 save percentage and 2 shutouts in his last 4 starts. He won his only career start against Pittsburgh … The Rangers are missing Rick Nash (groin), Mika Zibanejad (broken fibula) and Pavel Buchnevich (back).


The Pens held an optional skate. The only players that did not participate were Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. 

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