Pittsburgh Penguins (1-1)
Last time out, the Penguins weren’t able to get much past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Pittsburgh’s goaltender Jeff Zatkoff was unable to perform at the same level he did in Game 1, but he didn’t do a terrible job, either. The Penguins’ offense was just overcome by a hard-hitting Rangers team that seemed to carry most of the game’s momentum.
Goaltender Matt Murray, who started in net for an injured Marc-Andre Fleury before Murray suffered from a head/neck injury in the final regular-season game, is available for the first time in this opening series, so there’s a good chance Murray will start in this pivotal Game 3. Center Evgeni Malkin returned after being out with an injury for over a month, and he shifted around last game; keep an eye out for who head coach Mike Sullivan pairs Malkin with tonight.
New York Rangers (1-1)
The Rangers were able to take a road win in Pittsburgh in Game 2, and they’ll now play host for the next two games in the series. During the regular season, New York had a significant advantage playing at Madison Square Garden, putting together a 27-10-4 record. The Rangers had the third-best home record, behind Washington and Dallas.
The home team is waiting to see whether or not defenseman Ryan McDonagh will return tonight from a right hand injury. Although he practiced Monday, it’s still unclear of whether or not he will be play.
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Watch: USA, SN, TVA SPORTS, ROOT, MSG
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