Standings: Penguins (49-25-6), Rangers (51-22-7)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
PIT Leading Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (48-57-105)
NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (19 GS, 2.38 GAA, .910 SV%)
PIT Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (62 GS, 2.37 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brian Boyle-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel
Martin Biron gets the start
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Steve Eminger (ankle), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy)
Preview: The top seed in the Eastern Conference is clinched. All that’s left for the Rangers in the regular season is the President’s Trophy, which they can clinch tonight with a win and a Vancouver loss to Calgary.
Marty Biron gets what will likely be his final start of the 2011-2012 season tonight, as Hank rests his sore arm. Luckily for the Rangers, the Penguins are without James Neal, Matt Niskanen (who got drilled by Danny Paille on Tuesday) and Steve Sullivan.
This game may wind up being a second round matchup, so don’t think either team is going to let up. There are big playoff implications here.
Crazy Thought: President’s Trophy, it’s been a while. Welcome back to New York.