Crosby, Penguins to face Rangers

Pittsburgh (14-6-3) at NY Rangers (17-8-2) 7:00 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) — If the New York Rangers hope to maintain a
lead over their Atlantic Division rivals, they will have to
figure out a way to stop Sidney Crosby.

Crosby will be looking to build on his second career hat trick
when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Rangers on Wednesday.

The Penguins have gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 games, spurred
on by the tandem of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby has
totaled six goals in the last three games and 12 points in the
last five to pull within five points of Malkin for the NHL
scoring lead.

Crosby’s 11th, 12th and 13th goals of the season came in a 4-1
win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Malkin, who has piled up an NHL-best 39 points in 23 games, has
eight points in the last three games and leads the league with
29 assists.

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Not to be outdone on the goal-scoring end by his teammate,
Malkin posted a hat trick against the New York Islanders on
November 26.

The Rangers are currently five points ahead of Pittsburgh in the
Atlantic, thanks in part to an NHL-best 89.5 percent penalty
killing team.

Thanks to soild play from netminder Henrik Lundqvist, who leads
the NHL with 15 wins, they have not allowed more than one
power-play goal in a game since October 15 at Buffalo.

New York has won three of its last four but is coming off a 4-0
loss against Florida on Sunday. It marked one of Lundqvist’s
few hiccups this season as he was pulled in the second period
after allowing three goals on 23 shots.