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Game Preview: Pens-Rangers

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens finish up the 2016-17 campaign in New York against the Rangers. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. 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 play the Rangers in the final game of the 2016-17 regular season … Both teams played last night and are in back-to-back situations … Pittsburgh has already clinched the No. 2 seed in the Metro Division and will have home-ice advantage against Columbus in the Stanley Cup playoffs First Round … The Pens have already amassed 50 wins and 111 points in the standings, the 2nd-highest point total in franchise history …Jake Guentzel has a career-long 5-game goal/scoring streak (5G-3A) …Pittsburgh injuries: Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Olli Maatta (hand), Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) … The Rangers are locked into the No. 1 Wild Card spot and will open the postseason against Atlantic Division champion Montreal … Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has 613 career wins and needs 1 to pass Pens assistant coach Jacques Martin for sole possession of 14th place … Henrik Lundqvist became the 1st goalie in NHL history to record 30 wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons … Chris Kreider has new career highs this season with 28 goals and 53 points … The Rangers power play is 12-for-37 (32.4%) in the past 14 games … New York injuries: Ryan McDonagh, Jesper Fast, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Brady Skjei.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

The Pens did not hold a morning skate due to playing in back-to-back games. Head coach Mike Sullivan will update the media at 5 p.m. EST. 

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