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Rangers Close Out Regular Season Against Penguins

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers wrap up the 2016-17 regular season Sunday night at Madison Square Garden when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town.

New York dropped a 3-1 decision Saturday afternoon in Ottawa that saw Mika Zibanejad score against his former team and Henrik Lundqvist make 30 saves in his final start of the season.

Seven Rangers regulars did not play, including Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash. 

Antti Raanta will get the start to close out the season. He's 16-8-2 with a 2.26 GAA and a .922 SV and four shutouts this season. Earlier this season he made 40 saves in a loss to Pittsburgh.

Sunday is the fifth meeting of the year between the Rangers and Penguins, with New York going 1-2-1 thus far. Nash has a goal/point in each of the three games he's played against the Penguins this season.

The Rangers have earned at least a point in 13 of their last 18 games against the Penguins dating back to April 3, 2013.

The Penguins lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, Saturday night in what was a meaningless game for Pittsburgh clinched the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division earlier this week to set up a meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round. 

Like the Rangers the last two games, with no playoff implications on the line, it is unknown who will be in the lineup for the Penguins Sunday evening. In addition to possibly resting players, the Penguins have been bit hard by the injury bug, with Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz, Olli Maatta and Carl Hagelin all out of the lineup.

Sidney Crosby leads the NHL with 44 goals and leads the Penguins with 89 points in 75 games this season.  

Marc-Andre Fleury started for Pittsburgh Saturda night and allowed four goals on 29 shots against the Leafs. Goaltender Matt Murray did not dress for that game and it's expected that either Fleury or Tristan Jarry will get the start at The Garden.

Prior to the game, the Rangers will announce the winner for Team MVP, Players' Player and the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.

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