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Game Preview: Pens-Rangers

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pens are in the Big Apple to play the Rangers for the first time since Dec. 20.

MATCH: Penguins at Rangers

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: Madison Square Garden

TV: ROOT SPORTS

RADIO: 105.9 FM, The X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens are hoping to end just their second 4-game winless stretch (0-2-2) under head coach Mike Sullivan … The Pens are 4-1-2 in their last 7 road games and including the playoffs, they have won 5 straight visits to Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-5-2 in their last 7 games at home. This is their first game back following a 3-game road trip through California … The Pens beat the Rangers 7-2 in their last meeting, which was at PPG Paints Arena. Sidney Crosby scored twice in that game … The Rangers may have allowed a bunch of goals in that game, but lately they've been scoring a ton of their own. They have tallied 3 or more goals in each of their last 3 games and in 8 of the last 11 … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley  (knee), Jake Guentzel  (concussion), Carl Hagelin  (lower-body), Ron Hainsey  (upper-body), Kris Letang  (upper-body), Olli Maatta  (hand), Evgeni Malkin  (upper-body), Chad Ruhwedel  (upper-body), Tom Sestito  (upper-body). New York injuries: None.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Pens held an optional morning skate. Attending were Ruhwedel, Cullen, Dumoulin, Rust, Wilson, Gaunce, Kuhnhackl, Rowney, Sheary, Guentzel, Hainsey, Fleury and Murray.

*Murray was the 1st goalie off the ice and will likely start.

*Guentzel and Hainsey are "highly probable" to play tonight, according to Sullivan.

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