The Rangers, coming off two consecutive wins (1-0 since the trade deadline deals) take on the Penguins, who have lost two in a row (including Wednesday’s 6-1 decision at the Garden) after winning 15 in a row.
The Rangers dropped to eighth place when the Islanders gained a Bettman Bonus Point for losing Thursday night. Ya boys are tied with the Devils with 39 points but have a game in hand and two more regulation/OT wins, the first tiebreaker. They also have two games in hand on the Islanders, who are one point ahead, and one on Toronto, which is five up.
Same lineup tonight, which means Henrik Lundqvist in goal, newcomers Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore in, and J.T. Miller (wrist) out. Matt Gilroy and Roman Hamrlik are prucha’d
Marc Staal (eye) made the trip with the team to see his family in Carolina — MSG Network might mention tonight that he has some brothers — but the plan is for him to not accompany the team to Toronto.
The Penguins are without some guy, I forget his name, wears a high number, whines a lot …
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