Rangers host the Penguins following Kreider’s 2-goal showing
Pittsburgh Penguins (34-24-10, fourth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. New York Rangers (39-19-10, third in the Metropolitan Division)
New York; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins after Chris Kreider’s two-goal game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Rangers’ 4-2 win.
New York is 39-19-10 overall with a 10-7-2 record in Metropolitan Division play. The Rangers have conceded 189 goals while scoring 222 for a +33 scoring differential.
Pittsburgh has an 8-8-5 record in Metropolitan Division games and a 34-24-10 record overall. The Penguins have a 6-6-6 record when they commit more penalties than their opponent.
The matchup Saturday is the fourth meeting between these teams this season. The Penguins won 3-2 in the last meeting.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mika Zibanejad has 35 goals and 37 assists for the Rangers. Kreider has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games.
Sidney Crosby has scored 29 goals with 54 assists for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin has two goals and 10 assists over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 6-3-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game.
Penguins: 6-3-1, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.7 assists, 3.6 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
INJURIES: Rangers: Ryan Lindgren: out (upper body).
Penguins: Nick Bonino: out (kidney), Dmitry Kulikov: out (lower body).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.