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With the NHL playoffs just one month away, every game on the NHL schedule takes on a greater meaning, especially for those teams who hope to advance to the playoffs. This week, FOX Sports' featured game pits the Pittsburgh Penguins at the New York Rangers in a key Atlantic Division contest. The Pens have had to go most the season without star Sidney Crosby, which means someone has had to step up and fill those considerably talented skates. It should be no surprise that Evgeni Malkin has led Pittsburgh on the ice and is in a battle for the league scoring championship. What has kept the Pens in the race, however, is the excellent play of left winger James Neal, who also ranks among the top scorers in the league. If the Pens can get Crosby back and keep him back, they could make a serious run. In the meantime, nothing seems to be slowing down the New York Rangers. They have led the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference at points down the stretch and also have one of the best rec...
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