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Rangers Host Penguins at Madison Square Garden

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers go for the home-and-home sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night in a pre-Thanksgiving showdown at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a 5-2 come-from-behind win Monday night in Pittsburgh. After the Penguins took a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Rangers scored five unanswered goals from five different players to take the opening set in enemy territory. 

Michael Grabner scored his 12th of the season Monday night and is currently tied for the league lead with rookie Patrik Laine of Winnipeg and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

J.T. Miller registered the game-winning goal with the first shorthanded goal of his career and Kevin Hayes chipped in with a goal of his own, as the two young forwards are tied for the team lead in points with 18. Hayes is already halfway to his point total from a year ago.

Goaltender Antti Raanta made 29 saves in arguably the best performance of his season to improve to 5-0 on the young season. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start for the Rangers. He is 29-21-9 all-time against the Penguins. If Lundqvist gets the start for the Rangers, it'll be his 60 against Pittsburgh, and he'd become the first Rangers goaltender to play the same team at least 60 times since Ed Giacomin faced Toronto 67 times as a Ranger.

The story Monday from Pittsburgh perspective was the debut of forward Jake Guentzel, who scored both of Pittsburghs goals. Phil Kessel is leading the Penguins in points with 18, but is a minus-4. Evgeni Malkin has 17 points, while Crosby has 16. He was a minus-4 against the Rangers Monday night.

Goaltender Matt Murray is expected to get the start for the Penguins after Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 35 shots Monday night. Murray is 5-1 on the season with his most recent victory coming Nov. 18 against the Islanders.

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Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
7 pm at Madison Square Garden
Live coverage begins on MSG Network at 6:30 pm

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