NY Rangers (29-16-4) at Pittsburgh (23-21-4), 7:30 pm EST
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to have
their superstar captain back when they return from the All-Star
Sidney Crosby is listed as questionable as the Penguins face the
rival New York Rangers on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Crosby, who is nursing a knee injury, told the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday that he expects to play. He
did not play in Sunday’s midseason gala despite being voted into
the starting lineup.
It was a similar situation when the last time these clubs met on
January 18. Crosby was questionable for that contest and came
back to help the Penguins post a 3-0 victory.
Despite Crosby and fellow All-Star Evgeni Malkin combining for
36 goals and 150 points, the first half of the season has not
gone as expected for Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are coming out of the All-Star break looking up at
the playoffs, sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference
standings – two points behind the eighth-place Florida Panthers
The Rangers are coming off a 3-2 triumph over the Carolina
Hurricanes on Tuesday. Seeking a third straight victory, New
York will likely send All-Star Henrik Lundqvist back to the
Lundqvist, who surrendered six goals during the second period of
the midseason gala, is 24-13-3 with a 2.53 goals-against average
and .914 save percentage. The 26-year-old Swede has won four of
his last five starts, with the lone loss coming against
Scott Gomez scored a goal and set up another and Markus Naslund
had two assists Tuesday for the Rangers, who have won three of
their four meetings with the Penguins.