[7:09 PM] Penguins @ Rangers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-5-3)

@ New York Rangers (14-5-1)


Starting Goalies:

Matt Murray (PIT): Unconfirmed

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): Confirmed


The New York Rangers were ushered out of the playoffs by Pittsburgh in the opening round in 2015-16 and appeared bent on sending a message to the Penguins in their first meeting this season. After erupting for five unanswered goals in a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh on Monday night, the Rangers host the Penguins in a rematch on Wednesday. The highest-scoring team in the NHL, New York spotted Pittsburgh a pair of early goals before roaring back to open a four-point lead over the Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions have dropped four of six overall and allowed 17 goals in those losses, but are not putting too much stock in Monday’s result.

Monday’s setback spoiled an otherwise storybook NHL debut for Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel, who had a pair of goals and became the fifth player in franchise history to score on his first shift.

Captain Ryan McDonagh remains in search of his first goal, but he set up a pair of tallies Monday to boost his team-leading assist total to 13. McDonagh also registered a career-high plus-five for the game, becoming the first New York blue-liner to post that number since Darius Kasparaitis in December 2003.

Rangers F Rick Nash scored his 12th goal in 25 games against the Penguins on Monday night.


StreakSmarts Pick: New York Rangers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick