The New York Rangers know they'll have home-ice advantage for as long as they're alive in the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to at least open the first round in their own building.
Getting two points Thursday night at Consol Energy Center would ensure that, as the Penguins look for a fourth consecutive victory over a Rangers team that will claim the Presidents' Trophy with wins in its final two games.
Pittsburgh (49-25-6) was the only team that could catch New York for the East's top seed heading into Tuesday's action, but the Rangers took care of business before the Penguins had a chance to make things interesting Thursday. New York scored four times in the first period en route to a 5-3 win at Philadelphia, sweeping the Flyers and locking up the No. 1 seed for the first time since their Stanley Cup-winning edition in 1993-94.
"It is a special moment," Marian Gaborik, who scored his team-leading 41st goal, told...