Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 1/19/12

Pittsburgh Penguins (24-17-4) @ New York Rangers (29-11-4)

7:00 pm/et

TV: ROOT, MSG PLUS, NHLN-US

Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

The Penguins have won their last three games and they're back in playoff position for now. The New York Rangers are the top team in the league and they're 7-3 in their last ten. Kris Letang will be back in the line-up. Is this a... healthy... defense? Okay. Now we've jinxed it.

Season Series: 0-2-0

Last meeting that counted: January 6, 2012. Rangers won 3-1.

What we said in our recap:

We really don't know what to say. As we have all learned over the past year, just when you think it can't get any worse, it does. During the day Friday, some disheartening Crosby rumors started filtering out. People associated with the Pens came out and peed on the rumors. But it's disheartening to everyone that Crosby is in the position where a rumor stating he won't return this season is even entertained. Then came the third period Friday night. Satan sat down on his couch and spun the Pens Injury Wheel. And it landed on Jordan Staal.

Know Your Enemy: The New York Rangers Blog

What they're saying:

Marc-Andre Fleury is 6-8-3 with a 3.37 goals-against average lifetime at MSG. Jordan Staal is out until some time in February with a torn MCL he received from a collision with Mike Rupp during the teams' last meeting.


Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

The Penguins are hot. Imagine writing that phrase last week.

Kris Letang is back.

Kris Letang is back.

New York Rangers Notes:

The Rangers are "pretty close" to the Cup.

Unless you ask John Tortorella. Personally, we're waiting until they "arrive."

Brandon Prust is moving to the Rangers' top line.


Favorite Rangers-Related Image, Photoshop, Video or Gif:

24/7 > Everything

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Pascal Dupuis - Dustin Jeffrey - Tyler Kennedy
Steve Sullivan - Richard Park - Matt Cooke
Eric Tangradi - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy/Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

New York Rangers lines from New York Newsday and Empty Netters:

Brandon Prust - Brad Richards - Brandon Dubinsky
Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Ryan Callahan - Brian Boyle - Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp - Artem Anisimov - John Mitchell

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist

Two Brandons and a Brad on the top line.

"Once the sun goes down, all the weirdos turn crazy... I'm on to you!"

Do It.

Go Pens.

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