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Game Preview: Pens-Rangers

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Game Date

Monday, March 25, 2019


New York Rangers

Game Time

7 PM


Madison Square Garden


AT&T SportsNet


105.9 FM, the X


* The Penguins close out their four-game road trip tonight in New York. They are 2-0-1 thus far on this swing.

* Kris Letang will not play in tonight's game. He is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Zach Trotman will slot in for him as Olli Maatta is not yet cleared to play.

* The Penguins played 11 games without Letang from Feb. 26 to March 17 and went 7-2-2 over that span.

* This is the 3rd of 4 meetings between the Penguins and the Rangers. The Penguins are currently 2-0 in the season series.

* Under Mike Sullivan, the Penguins are 10-4-1 overall against the Rangers (14-5-1 including the playoffs).

* Matt Murray, who will get the start in goal tonight, is a perfect 5-0 in his career against the Rangers, including 4-0 at Madison Square Garden.

* Including the playoffs, he is a perfect 8-0 in his career against the Rangers with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Six of those eight wins in the regular season and playoffs have come in this building.

* He has helped the Penguins earn points in their last 4 games (2-0-2) by posting a 1.65 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. Going back even further, he is 7-2-2 in his last 11 games with a 2.07 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.

* Jared McCann recorded his 3rd 2-goal game as a Penguin in Saturday's 3-2 win over Dallas. He has 11 goals, 15 points and a team-leading three shorthanded goals in 26 games since being acquired by Pittsburgh.

* Mika Zibanejad is New York's leading scorer with 28 goals and 67 points. He has 7 points (3G-4A) in his last 6 games against the Penguins.

* Ryan Strome has scored in each of his last 2 games against Pittsburgh as a member of the Rangers. He enters tonight on a 2-game goal-scoring streak.


PIT - Zach Aston-Reese (lower-body), Evgeni Malkin (upper body), Olli Maatta (upper-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body).

NYR - Libor Hajek (separated shoulder), Jesper Fast (upper-body), Chris Kreider (undisclosed), Marc Staal (lower-body).

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