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Game #16: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Open Thread

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s another game night at Madison Square Garden, as the Rangers will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of a national audience on NBCSN. These teams last met in game 82 of the 2018-19 regular season, a game that saw the Rangers earn two (what appeared to be) meaningless points in a 4-3 overtime victory. Those two points ensured the Rangers a 26th place finish in the league standings, which resulted in them earning the 2nd overall selection in that June’s entry draft.

After Sunday’s shootout against the Florida Panthers, Alexandar Georgiev will take over for Henrik Lundqvist in net. Lundqvist had stopped 80 out of 83 shots in his previous two games before making 30 saves on 35 shots two days ago, so Georgiev gets an opportunity to reclaim his net. The lineup is otherwise expected to be the same:

Player to Watch: Greg McKegg

As the only player on New York’s roster with ties to the Penguins organization, tonight’s contest will be a revenge game for Greg McKegg. The veteran center spent a majority of the 2017-18 season with the Penguins. Splitting time between the NHL (2-24 in 26 GP) and AHL, (5-7-12 in 28 GP) McKegg’s time in the organization ended at the 2018 trade deadline, where he was sent to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for former Ranger Josh Jooris.

McKegg split the last season and a half between AHL Charlotte and NHL Carolina before signing with New York this summer, and appears to have cemented himself as an NHL forward on Broadway. Look for the former Penguin to make an impact against his former team, and make Jim Rutherford rue the day he shipped McKegg away.

Enjoy the game!