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Wednesday, November 6th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-0) at New York Rangers (6-8-0), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games when they visit the New York Rangers for Wednesday's Metropolitan Division clash at Madison Square Garden.

The Penguins enter Wednesday having won four in a row for the second time this season. Although Pittsburgh is known primarily for its offensive prowess, Dan Bylsma's club has won with solid defense during its current hot streak, allowing a total of five goals during the four-game stretch.

Rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff helped the Pens pitch a shutout in their most recent outing, a 3-0 win at Columbus on Saturday. The 26-year-old Zatkoff, playing in just his third game, stopped 19 shots to help Pittsburgh beat the Jackets for the second time in as many nights. The Pens claimed a 4-2 win over a visiting Columbus squad in the opener of a home-and-home series on Friday.

Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen all lit the lamp for Pittsburgh on Saturday to help Zatkoff earn his first career win.

"I just think the more you play the more experience you get," said Zatkoff. "The guys played great tonight and I didn't have to face too many shots. They did a good job of locking things down."

Regular starter Marc-Andre Fleury expects to be back in net for Pittsburgh on Wednesday. In 45 career outings against the Rangers, Fleury is 24-13-7 with a 2.65 goals against average.

The Pens, who are playing the middle portion of a three-game road trip tonight, hope to have Kunitz in the lineup on Wednesday. Kunitz is dealing with a lower-body injury that caused him to miss practice following Saturday's game. He is questionable for tonight.

Pittsburgh and the Rangers are getting together for the first of four meetings this season. The Pens have dominated New York in recent seasons, winning eight of the past nine overall encounters between the clubs.

The Rangers also had lost four straight on home ice in this series before slamming the Pens by a 6-1 score on April 3 of last season. Fleury yielded all six goals in that loss, while Brian Boyle and Derick Brassard each recorded four-point nights for the Rangers on one goal and three assists apiece.

New York enters Wednesday's contest looking to rebound from a loss. The Blueshirts had won a season-best three straight games before dropping Monday's close decision against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Frederik Andersen stopped 32-of-33 shots for the Ducks to help frustrate the Rangers in a 2-1 regulation decision.

"They're a good team and they showed it tonight, why they are up in the high echelons of the NHL," said New York head coach Alain Vigneault. "They don't give you a lot and they play tight. In the third, we had a number of opportunities that I would have liked us to be able to generate."

Michael Del Zotto had the lone goal of the game for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist gave up both goals on 25 shots in the loss. Lundqvist expects to get the start tonight and is 23-18-6 with a 2.42 GAA in 47 career games versus the Penguins.

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to play on Monday for the first time since breaking his thumb on Oct. 16 against Washington. He posted an assist in under 19 minutes of ice time.

New York is completing a four-game homestand on Wednesday and is 2-2-0 at MSG this season.

11/06 10:34:38 ET

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Monday, April 21Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Columbus NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Colorado 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Minnesota TSN, NHL Net, Altitude
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Colorado leads series, 2-0.
St. Louis 4/21 8:30 PM ET
Chicago CNBC, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. St. Louis leads series, 2-0.
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Dallas NBCSN, TSN, RDS
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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