The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
New York (3-3-0) won for the third time in four games Tuesday, holding off Philadelphia 2-1 to improve to 2-0 on its three-game homestand. Despite some more of the sloppy play that has hindered them in the early going - the club took three consecutive penalties in the third period - the Rangers got goals from Michael Del Zotto and Callahan while Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves.
The victory proved to be somewhat bittersweet, however, as Callahan skated off with his left arm dangling after a third-period scrum with Max Talbot, who dragged him to the ice. He suffered a shoulder subluxation that will keep him out 10...