PHT’s Season Preview: 30 questions, 120 answers

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We made a list of 30 questions ahead of the 2015-16 NHL season, then we tried to answer those questions. Enjoy:

1. Of all the teams that missed the playoffs last season, the most likely to make the playoffs this season is…

Jason Brough: The Kings. I still wonder about their defensive depth, but this should be a very motivated group.

James O’Brien: The Kings. Edging their pals from San Jose by a hair.

Ryan Dadoun: The Kings. The extra rest alone should close the gap.

Mike Halford: Way to go out on a limb, guys. But you’re all wrong. It’s Columbus.

2. Of all the teams that made the playoffs last season, the most likely to miss the playoffs is…

JB: Vancouver. Especially if Ryan Miller starts the majority of games.

JO: Vancouver. Expect them to fall into the 10th-12th range of the Western Conference.

RD: Ottawa. The Sens have some promising young forwards, but I have reservations about their goaltending.

MH: Winnipeg. The Central Division is too hard. It’s kinda unfair.

3. One team that isn’t getting enough respect is…

JB: Florida. The Panthers’ extreme mix of youth and experience has definite playoff potential.

JO: San Jose. Still a ton of talent, now with a clean(er) slate.

RD: Toronto. I don’t think the Leafs’ fundamental problem has been a lack of talent. With Mike Babcock in charge, they might surprise by contending for a playoff spot.

MH: Columbus. I’m big on Columbus this year. Brandon SaadRyan JohansenNick Foligno will be one of the league’s highest-scoring lines.

4. One team that’s getting too much respect is…

JB: Columbus. I get why people are excited about the Jackets — there’s a lot of talent up front and in goal. But is that blue line good enough? I’m not so sure.

JO: Calgary. Although watch out in a couple of years.

RD: Minnesota. What happens if Devan Dubnyk doesn’t play like an elite goalie? Because that’s quite possible.

MH: Pittsburgh. The Pens have a real 2003 Colorado Avalanche vibe about them. (Also, don’t listen to Brough. Columbus! Columbus!)

5. The worst team in the NHL will be…

JB: Arizona. The Coyotes should finish in pole position to win the draft lottery. Given local boy Auston Matthews is projected to go first overall, you wonder if that’s been the plan all along.

JO: Arizona. But this isn’t the no-brainer that Buffalo was last season.

RD: Arizona. I want to be a contrarian, especially seeing as I like the Coyotes’ core of prospects, but they’re a ways off.

MH: Carolina. I’m only saying that to be different. (It’ll be Arizona.)

6. The biggest wildcard team (i.e. could be decent, could be a disaster) is…

JB: Vancouver. I know I said the Canucks would miss the playoffs, but they do have some young talent now. Bo Horvat is a future star. And if they give him the chance and he steps up, Jacob Markstrom has the potential to outplay Miller (and create yet another goaltending controversy).

JO: Columbus. Honestly, 2014-15 was so insane with all the injuries that it might as well be deleted from the ledger, although Nick Foligno’s accountant would disagree.

RD: Dallas. If that goaltending duo works out, and if Ales Hemsky and Patrick Sharp can bounce back, then the Stars could be a very dangerous team. None of those players are sure things though.

MH: Buffalo. Everyone’s expecting a significant leap forward, but the defense is still lousy and I have major doubts that Robin Lehner is the answer in goal.

7. The Canadian team with the best chance to win the country’s first Stanley Cup since 1993 is…

JB: I guess it’s still Montreal. It’ll be Calgary soon though, assuming the Flames figure out their goaltending.

JO: Montreal. They’re limited by their coach’s whims, but they have P.K. Subban and Carey Price.

RD: Montreal. The Habs aren’t my top pick to win the Cup, but they have the pieces to make a run.

MH: Quebec City.

8. The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 24 straight seasons. Will they make it 25?

JB: Yes. Unless Pavel Datsyuk is hurt all the time. Even at 37, he’s still the key to their success.

JO: Yes. If Datsyuk were healthier, they’d be downright frisky. Love the addition of Mike Green.

RD: Yes. Excited to see what Dylan Larkin is all about.

MH: Yes. And James, please don’t say frisky. The Red Wings are not a dog that’s chasing a tennis ball.

9. Two teams are guaranteed to miss the playoffs in the Central Division. Those two will be…

JB: I’ll say Colorado and Minnesota. The former with a decent amount of confidence, the latter with practically none.

JO: Colorado and Winnipeg. Both have some strengths, yet their weaknesses (scheme for Avs, goaltending for Jets) leave them behind the impressive Central pack.

RD: Winnipeg and Minnesota. For the record, I am very uneasy predicting that.

MH: Winnipeg and Nashville. Very tough question, so I’ll just pick the two with the lowest payrolls.

10. Are the Chicago Blackhawks more likely to repeat as champions or miss the playoffs?

JB: Repeat as champions. Nobody’s done that in the salary-cap era, but some team will eventually. I actually think the Hawks upgraded at second-line center by getting Artem Anisimov.

JO: Miss the playoffs. The Blackhawks are no more immune to missing the postseason than the Kings were last season.

RD: Repeat as champions. They’ve had significant turnover, but they are still built for another serious run.

MH: Miss the playoffs. The last time they lost so many guys (after 2010), they barely qualified and lost in the first round.

11. Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel: who will finish with more points?

JB: McDavid. He’s a points machine, and he’s already showing chemistry with Taylor Hall.

JO: McDavid. Believe the hype.

RD: McDavid. As great as Eichel looks, which is pretty freaking great.

MH: McDavid. McDavid will score more with Hall, who’s a better trigger man than anyone Buffalo can put with Eichel. Yeah, yeah, Evander Kane scored 30 goals once. I know.

12. McDavid’s Oilers or Eichel’s Sabres – which team will finish higher in the standings?

JB: Sabres by a nose. But both teams still have serious blue-line deficiencies, with questionable goaltending to boot. I expect each to be back in the draft lottery.

JO: Oilers. It’s beyond “put-up or shut-up” time for the Oil, while Buffalo remains a work in progress.

RD: Oilers. Edmonton’s core is more firmly in place compared to Buffalo, which will need some time to come together.

MH: Brough’s right on this one, and it pains me to say that. Buffalo by the slimmest of margins.

13. If neither McDavid nor Eichel win rookie of the year, this player will:

JB: Sam Bennett in Calgary. Have I mentioned the Flames are going to be a serious contender soon?

JO: Sam Bennett. I know, not very creative.

RD: Sam Bennett. The Flames only had one good scoring line last season, but Bennett will help change that.

MH: I think James and Ryan are scared of disagreeing with Brough. I’ll take Max Domi in Arizona.

14. A young player (not a rookie) who’s primed to take the next step is…

JB: Evgeny Kuznetsov in Washington. He already took a step last season. If he takes another, the Caps have a legit shot of winning it all.

JO: Jonathan Drouin for the Bolts. The talent is obviously there. He just needs to earn his coach’s trust.

RD: Valeri Nichushkin in Dallas. He might have taken that step last season if not for his hip injury.

MH: Matt Dumba in Minnesota. His rise will also allow the Wild to cut Ryan Suter to a mere 47 minutes a night, which is nice.

15. The team that should be most worried about its goaltending is…

JB: Dallas. The Stars have a huge amount of cap space tied up in Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, neither of whom are trending in the right direction.

JO: Calgary. It’s astounding they made the playoffs considering how mediocre their net play was last season.

RD: San Jose. Martin Jones and Alex Stalock are cheap for a reason. Neither’s done much at the NHL level.

MH: Edmonton. The starter (Cam Talbot) has never been a full-time starter before. The backup (Anders Nilsson) has never been a full-time backup before. And behind that defense? Yikes.

16. The team that should be most worried about its defense is…

JB: Boston. Only Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have averaged more than 20 minutes in a full NHL season. Chara is 38. Seidenberg is 34, and starting the season hurt.

JO: Carolina. Justin Faulk is a gem, no doubt, but it feels like their defense has been leaky since … always?

RD: Edmonton. The Oilers have made strides towards addressing the blue line, but it remains a significant point of concern.

MH: Pittsburgh. The group was held together by medical tape last year, dressed two warm bodies in the playoffs, lost Paul Martin, and the big offseason get was… Adam Clendening?

17. The team that should be most worried about its forwards is…

JB: Nashville. True, guys like Craig Wilson and Colin Smith are underrated, but the Preds don’t have a Hart, Art Ross, or Selke candidate up front. When was the last time a team won a Cup without one or two of those?

JO: Toronto. People loved bashing Phil Kessel; just wait ’til they see the drop-off now that he’s gone.

RD: New Jersey. But drafting Pavel Zacha was a good start to solving the problem. Did you know that Zacha was the first forward the Devils drafted in the top 10 since Bill Guerin?

MH: Boston. Last year’s forward group struggled to score, and now it’s without Milan Lucic, Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith. Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes aren’t going to make it all better.

18. The player with the most to prove is…

JB: Alex Semin. With all that’s been said about him? He’d better have something to prove.

JO: Ryan O'Reilly got his money. Now it’s time to show he was worth it.

RD: Evander Kane’s time in Winnipeg didn’t end well. He’s getting a fresh start in Buffalo, surrounded by young talent.

MH: Rick Nash. Not regular season Rick Nash, of course — I mean playoff Rick Nash. The Rangers’ Cup window is closing, and he can’t pull another Houdini act as soon as the games start to matter. He’s paid to score goals.

19. The best free-agent addition will be…

JB: Paul Martin in San Jose. Under-the-radar signing. The Sharks should expect nothing less than getting back to the playoffs.

JO: Christian Ehrhoff for $1.5 million seems like a good deal for the Kings, as long as he can stay healthy.

RD: Cody Franson in Buffalo. The Sabres took advantage of favorable market conditions to get him at a steep discount.

MH: Justin Williams in Washington. Perfect fit for that team. HE WINS GAME 7’s!

20. Phil Kessel’s goal total: over or under 40?

JB: Under. That’s not a knock on Kessel; he’ll get a lot of goals. But only three guys scored more than 40 last year. It’s the new 50.

JO: Over, barely. A scary power play will push him over the top.

RD: Over. If Kessel could score 37 goals with Tyler Bozak as his regular center, then getting paired up with Sidney Crosby should be enough to push him over that hump.

MH: Under. He’ll get around 35, which is by no means a bad year.

21. Will Steven Stamkos re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning?

JB: Yes, with 70 percent confidence. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk, but come on, you don’t trade a guy like Steven Stamkos. Do you?

JO: Yes, big-time free agents almost never go free in the NHL, which is kind of a bummer in some ways.

RD: No. Stamkos is a critical part of the Lightning and if they weren’t able to come to terms with him this summer in spite of that, then that’s telling to me.

MH: Yes. The key is Steve Yzerman making the money work, which he will. He kinda has to.

22. One big-name player that will get traded before the Feb. 29 deadline is…

JB: Is Mark Streit a big name? I’ll say him. He’s 37 and has two years left on his contract. Obviously, he’s not part of the Flyers’ future. Might as well flip him to a contender.

JO: Dustin Byfuglien. Another tough call for Kevin Cheveldayoff, especially if the Jets are in a playoff position at the deadline.

RD: Eric Staal. Carolina is likely to miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season and there’s questions as to whether he’ll re-sign.

MH: Shane Doan. The Coyotes will to be horrible and, to thank Doan for his years of service, they’ll send him to a contender.

23. The first head coach to be fired will be…

JB: Claude Julien. Cam Neely says he’s not on the hot seat, but I have trouble believing that.

JO: Claude Julien, though I also considered Jack Capuano and Mike Yeo.

RD: Claude Julien, but I don’t feel great about that prediction.

MH: The three amigos strike again. You all said Claude Julien when there’s a perfectly good Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis.

24. The NHL general manager on the hottest seat is…

JB: Jarmo Kekalainen. Not because I think his job is in jeopardy, but he’s committed a lot of money to that roster and it’s time for some results. Just ask Blue Jackets superfan Mike Halford.

JO: Dale Tallon. The Panthers haven’t played self-destructive GM roulette in a while …

RD: Doug Armstrong. I’ve liked the Blues for a while now, but every year they fall flat in the playoffs causes the pressure on management to increase.

MH: Jim Rutherford. Did everybody forget that Pens ownership had to give him a vote of confidence after his first year on the job? Now imagine if Kessel’s a flop.

25. True or False: the NHL will expand to Las Vegas and Quebec City this season.

JB: True. I just have trouble picturing the owners saying “Nah, we’ll pass” on divvying up $1 billion. Never know if that money’s still there in the future.

JO: True. Although the wilting Canadian dollar does make me worry a bit about Nordiques Redux.

RD: False. The short-term payoff has to be weighed against the long-term risks, and Quebec City raises concerns because of its market size and the Canadian dollar. I think the NHL is more likely to wait for a market like Seattle.

MH: True. /makes money sign with fingers

26. I’ll be a happy hockey fan if…

JB: We see a legitimate Cinderella run in the playoffs. And don’t tell me the 2012 Kings already did that. I’m talking about a bad possession team like Calgary last year or Colorado the year before, but instead of getting knocked out early, it goes all the way. Let’s see a team beat Corsi!

JO: Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel produce rookie seasons that rival the ones by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. We can pretend they hate each other!

RD: A budget team wins the Stanley Cup. I know I just wrote that I don’t think Quebec City will end up with an expansion franchise, but I love seeing that type of market succeed.

MH: Some youngish veterans that got squeezed by the cap crunch get NHL jobs. Curtis Glencross being out of work at 32 makes me sad.

27. I’ll be a sad hockey fan if…

JB: Coaches find a way to ruin 3-on-3 overtime. Because you know they’ll try their best.

JO: The NHL doesn’t do anything to address the lack of goal-scoring.

RD: If McDavid or Eichel suffer a serious injury — and worse still, if it’s a concussion.

MH: The Canadian dollar keeps falling. I don’t know much about economics (OK I know nothing about economics), but I do know a sagging loonie makes free agency way less fun.

28. Your worst prediction from last season was…

JB: Picking the Flames to finish last. Not only did Calgary make the playoffs, the Sabres were so, so bad.

JO: Silly me for thinking the Pittsburgh Penguins would part ways with Marc-Andre Fleury.

RD: I didn’t have enough faith in Peter Laviolette and picked him to be the least successful new coach.

MH: I said Carolina’s goaltending situation would be the most interesting to follow, which was wrong because it wasn’t interesting at all.

29. The prediction you’re least confident about this season is…

JB: The expansion one, because the NHL clearly wants to be in Seattle. If somebody in that city can get their act together over the next few months, Quebec City could be out.

JO: Saying Calgary is getting too much respect. There’s decent reason to believe the Flames will be a better possession team this year. That wasn’t really the case with Colorado last season.

RD: Picking Claude Julien as the first coach to be fired. The first one to go is often out of left field.

MH: Everything pertaining to the Blue Jackets. I might be a little too high on Columbus.

30. Finally, make a crazy prediction that probably won’t happen, but on second thought, you never know…

JB: The Oilers miss the playoffs and win the draft lottery. An investigation is launched. People go to jail.

JO: Jaromir Jagr leads the Florida Panthers in scoring. His mullet finishes second.

RD: Connor McDavid wins the Art Ross Trophy. And, somehow, the Norris Trophy.

MH: The Canadian dollar makes a triumphant comeback, because it’s gritty and clutch, like a good Canadian kid.

Enjoy the season!

Rangers beat Penguins in OT thanks to Kakko’s big night

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Kaapo Kakko looked dominant, at times, against men before he was drafted, including versus some NHL talent during the 2019 IIHF World Championship. The feeling was that he could make an immediate and successful jump from being the second pick of the 2019 NHL Draft to becoming an instant impact player for the New York Rangers, possibly outshining top pick Jack Hughes for the Devils.

A little more than a month into his career, it’s been up-and-down for Kakko, but we might just look at Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a breakthrough moment.

Rangers start strong

Kakko took advantage of a bodacious Brendan Lemieux pass to score the first goal of Tuesday’s game, then ended up collecting the game-winner in overtime as the Rangers beat the Penguins 3-2 (OT). You could call it a big night not just for Kakko, but the Rangers’ youth in general, as Adam Fox set up Kakko’s OT game-winner, and also scored the Rangers’ second goal off of a great feed by Artemi Panarin.

Here’s that OT-winner for your viewing pleasure:

The Rangers dominated the first period, ending in 2-0, and credit to Matt Murray for keeping it from being any worse. Natural Stat Trick’s period-by-period graph provides another way of showing how dramatic the bad start was for Pittsburgh:

Penguins roll with the punches, and break a slump

The point’s been made that the Penguins have had a knack for rallying lately, and they did again on Tuesday — just not for the win.

Pittsburgh scored two goals in the second period to tie things up. Maybe the biggest sigh of relief came on the second tally, and not just because it made the game 2-2 at the time. After going 0-for-28 in their last power-play opportunities and failing to score on the man advantage for almost a month, Jared McCann finally ended that drought.

That second-period effort was enough for the Penguins to secure a standings point despite falling behind 2-0 early on, but Fox and Kakko combined for the game-winner.

Kakko is now at six goals and eight points over his first 16 NHL games, while this also marks his first point streak (he scored a goal against the Panthers on Sunday). With that goal and assist, Fox generated his first multi-point game, but the defenseman has already been a quick study (insert Harvard joke), as this pushes his own point streak to five games (two goals, four assists for six points during that span). Fox also has eight points in 16 games this season.

Recent play of both teams

The Penguins will get a dose of the top two picks of the 2019 NHL Draft this week, as their next game is against Hughes and the Devils on Friday. After that, the Penguins play five of their next six games at home from Nov. 16-27, so maybe they’ll get some confidence in breaking that PP drought and at least getting a point with Sidney Crosby on the shelf for an unclear duration of time. Pittsburgh’s record sank to 10-6-2 for 22 points.

The Rangers, meanwhile, continue to quietly build up steam. They’ve gone 4-0-1 in their last five games, five of their last seven (5-1-1) to improve to 8-6-2 overall.

If young players like Kakko and Fox keep improving, the Rangers might just manage more hot stretches down the road in 2019-20.

If there are still growing pains as much as gains … well, at least Kakko & Co. have the ability to make plays like these:

MORE:
• Pro Hockey Talk’s Stanley Cup picks.
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Lights went out during brief – but funny – moment in Bruins game

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The Florida Panthers were on the power play – and dangerous sniper Mike Hoffman had a chance to shoot from the slot – when the lights went out, briefly, at TD Garden on Tuesday night.

Now, this wasn’t like the blackout at Boston Garden during the 1988 Stanley Cup Final, when a Game 4 against the mighty Edmonton Oilers had to be replayed in its entirety in Edmonton because of such an outage. In that case, it went wrong for the Bruins, as they had managed a 3-3 tie during the second period of that nullified contest against that dynastic team.

In Tuesday’s case, you could imagine someone, somewhere – probably in Florida – claiming it was all a big conspiracy. For just a moment or two, the lights went out when the Bruins were killing a penalty. This screen grab of Sportsnet’s video (which you can watch fully above this post’s headline) gives you an idea of Hoffman’s location … if you squint a little. Actually, allow some help, as I fight the urge to go full John Madden in telestrator mode:

Apologies to conspiracy theorists, but these things happen. The brightest side is that it wasn’t a situation where a check was about to be delivered, as that could have made for a dangerous moment.

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That wasn’t the only wild part of Tuesday’s game. The Bruins had a 4-0 lead in the third period against the Panthers, yet Florida ended up winning 5-4 via a shootout. Wow.

MORE:
• Pro Hockey Talk’s Stanley Cup picks.
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Rangers’ Lemieux sets up Kakko for beauty vs. Penguins

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The New York Rangers ended the first period up 2-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (watch live on NBCSN; stream here) thanks, in part, to some tremendous passing.

Most impressively, Brendan Lemieux sent a tremendous long bomb of a pass, beating multiple Penguins defenders, to Kaapo Kakko, who scored what might have been his best goal in the NHL so far by finishing the play with great moves.

This marks the first multi-game point streak for Kakko, 18, who also scored a goal against the Florida Panthers on Sunday. The second pick of the 2019 NHL Draft now has five goals and seven points so far in his rookie season, and still has two periods to add more during his 16th game.

The Penguins failed on two power plays in the first period, pushing them to 0-for-28. They haven’t scored a PPG since mid-October.

[More on the Penguins’ struggling power play]

To make matters worse for the Penguins, Artemi Panarin sent a tremendous pass to defenseman Adam Fox for the 2-0 goal with less than 10 seconds left.

Pittsburgh’s been a slow-starting team quite often in 2019-20, and in some cases have been able to rally for comeback wins. We’ll see if they can pull off another one on Tuesday, as it’s been a very weak start, and it’s possible it could have been more than a 2-0 lead for the Rangers after 20 minutes.

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The Penguins ended up rallying back to tie the game 2-2, and sent it to overtime. Kakko scored again in OT, however, giving the Rangers the win. More here.

MORE:
• Pro Hockey Talk’s Stanley Cup picks.
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

WATCH LIVE: Penguins meet Rangers on NBCSN

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NBCSN’s coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season continues with Tuesday’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

The Penguins are coming off a 3-2 (SO) win on Saturday – a game they trailed 2-0 midway through the second period. It was their third straight game rallying from a multi-goal deficit. Despite earning the win against Chicago, Sidney Crosby left in the third period with a lower-body injury. He has been ruled out for this game, and his status beyond that is unknown.

Pittsburgh enters this game on a massive power play drought. They have not scored a power play goal in their previous 11 games, going 0-for-25 in that span. The total drought actually extends to the game prior to that, when they failed on their final attempt, so the Pens are 0-for-their-last-26 overall.

Rangers No. 1 center Mika Zibanejad has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury, suffered on Oct. 27 on a hit from Patrice Bergeron. Zibanejad will reportedly not travel with the team to Florida, meaning he is out for at least the next three games. He was leading the team with 11 points in nine games prior to his departure from the lineup.

After alternating starts at the beginning of the season, the Rangers have spent the past few weeks giving chunks of consecutive starts to each of their netminders. Alex Georgiev will get the start in this game – his seventh of the season – after Henrik Lundqvist started the previous three.

[COVERAGE OF PENGUINS-RANGERS BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. ET – NBCSN]

WHAT: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
WHERE: Madison Square Garden
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Penguins-Rangers stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

PENGUINS
Alex GalchenyukJared McCannJake Guentzel
Dominik SimonEvgeni MalkinBryan Rust
Dominik KahunNick BjugstadSam Lafferty
Zach Aston-ReeseTeddy BluegerBrandon Tanev

Brian DumoulinJohn Marino
Marcus PetterssonJustin Schultz
Jack JohnsonJuuso Riikola

Starting goalie: Matt Murray

RANGERS
Artemi PanarinRyan StromeJesper Fast
Chris Kreider – Filip Chytil – Pavel Buchnevich
Brendan LemieuxBrett HowdenKaapo Kakko
Greg McKeggLias AnderssonBrendan Smith

Libor HajekJacob Trouba
Brady SkjeiTony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox

Starting goalie: Alexandar Georgiev

MORE: Crosby out vs. Rangers, injury still being evaluated

Brendan Burke and Joe Micheletti will call the Penguins-Rangers showdown from Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. Paul Burmeister will anchor studio coverage with analysts Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp.