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Game 26: Pens Vs. Rangers Preview

By: Casey Shea
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NEW YORK (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Monday night.

Pittsburgh is 8-0-1 in their last nine games, but the lone overtime loss came against the Rangers on Nov. 15 at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Penguins appeared to have that game wrapped up after scoring two goals in 38 seconds late in the third period to take the lead.

However, Marc Staal tied the game with a shorthanded goal just 27 seconds later and Ryan Callahan won it in overtime.

The Rangers (14-10-1-29 points) are currently third in the Atlantic Division and are three points behind the Penguins and five points behind Philadelphia.

New York is hoping to have star sniper Marian Gaborik back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game due to an illness.

Pittsburgh is looking to improve upon last season’s 5-0-1 record against the Rangers, including a 3-0 record at Madison Square Garden.

Brandon Dubinsky leads the Rangers in points with 20, (12 goals, eight assists) in 25 games.

Henrik Lundqvist continues to be a rock in goal despite his record of 9-8-1. In addition to the nine wins, Lundqvist has a 2.61 GAA and a .919 save percentage with three shutouts.

For Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby is riding a 12-game point streak and has put up big numbers against the Rangers in his career.

According to the Penguins’ official website, Crosby has 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) in 35 games.

During his current point streak, he has scored 12 goals and added 13 assists.

Pittsburgh has also risen to the top of the NHL in penalty killing at 90.2 percent and have killed 29 in a row.

Marc-Andre Fleury is 7-0-1 in his last eight starts. For the season, he is 8-6-1 with a 2.57 GAA and .905 save percentage with one shutout.

Against the Rangers, Fleury is 16-8-7 with a 2.74 GAA and .909 save percentage with two shutouts.

The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and can be seen on FSN Pittsburgh.