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Game 20: Rangers @ Penguins Gameday Thread; Rangers Claim Puempel

The New York Rangers (13-5-1) faceoff against the Pittburgh Penguins (11-4-3) at PPG Paints arena tonight starting at 7:00 pm. For a preview, click here.

TV: MSG Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers Game Notes

Probable line-up: 

Kreider-Hayes-Zuccarello
Grabner-Stepan-Nash
Vesey-Pirri-Miller
Lindberg-Jooris-Fast

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Holden
Skjei-Klein

Goalie match-up: 

Antti Raanta – 4-0-0, 2.05 GAA, .938 SV%, 0 SO

Marc-Andre Fleury – 6-3-3, 3.11 GAA, .908 SV%, 0 SO

Opponent Notes:

– The Penguins last played on Saturday in Buffalo, dropping a 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres.

– Sidney Crosby has been on a goal per game pace so far this season, tied for the NHL lead with Patrick Laine with 12.

– Patric Hornqvist is out with a concussion. Chris Kunitz sustained a lower body injury late last week and was placed on IR today.

– Probable starter Marc-Andre Fleury is a career 30-17-9 vs. NYR, with a 2.74 GAA, .908 SV% and 4 shutouts.

Season Series:
Mon. 11/21 @ PIT
Wed. 11/23 @ MSG
Tue. 12/20 @ PIT
Fri. 3/31 @ MSG
Sun. 4/9 @ MSG


Matt Puempel is a former 2011 first round pick from Ottawa, who has 4 goals and 2 assists in 52 career NHL games. With Zibanejad out long term and Buchnevich’s status unknown, this is a solid move by Jeff Gorton to replenish the depth down the lineup. Classic low risk-high reward waiver claim.