The New York Rangers (29-32-13, 71 points) were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday night after the Montreal Canadiens lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime. The Blueshirts are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games played, and are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs in which Alexandar Georgiev made 44 saves.
Their opponent this evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins (41-24-11, 93 points) are looking to pick up two points in the standings to bring them even with the New York Islanders, and one point back of the division leading Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh is 6-2-2 over the last 10 games, and are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Both teams will not be dressing 100% healthy lineups, so the game could be an interesting one. With that said, here are the expected lineups for both sides.
New York Rangers
Brendan Lemieux — Mika Zibanejad — Pavel Buchnevich
Vladislav Namestnikov — Filip Chytil — Vinni Lettieri
Jimmy Vesey — Lias Andersson — Ryan Strome
Brendan Smith — Brett Howden — Boo Nieves
Brady Skjei — Kevin Shattenkirk
Fredrik Claesson — Tony DeAngelo
John Gilmour — Neal Pionk
Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust
Jared McCann — Teddy Blueger — Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon — Nick Bjugstad — Patric Hornqvist
Adam Johnson — Matt Cullen — Garrett Wilson
Brian Dumoulin — Zach Trotman
Jack Johnson — Justin Schultz
Marcus Pettersson — Erik Gudbranson
Use this as your open game thread, and enjoy the game!