6 Facts to Know For Rangers-Penguins

The Rangers looks to salvage the back end of their back-to-back set tonight in Pittsburgh.

1 The Last Time They Met ...

The Blueshirts picked up one of their best wins of the season back on Dec. 5, as they beat the Penguins, 4-3, behind a 41-save performance from Ondrej Pavelec.

Boo Nieves scored his first career goal in the contest.

2 Going Back to Back

Ryan McDonagh offers an honest assessment of where this Rangers team is right now after a tough loss to the Islanders.

Both teams will be playing the back-end of a back-to-back tonight.

The Rangers will be looking for a better performance after a disappointing 7-2 loss to the Islanders while the Penguins defeated the Red Wings 4-1 in Pittsburgh. New York is 3-2-0 is the second game of a back-to-back set this season.

3 Metro Positioning

The Rangers and Penguins both teams enter tonight’s game with 49 points, although the Rangers have two games in hand on them.

They are currently occupying both Wild Card spots, but are only one point ahead of fellow Metropolitan Division rivals Philadelphia, Carolina and New York (Islanders).

4 There's Something About Sidney

For the seventh time in his illustrious career, Sidney Crosby was named to the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Crosby scored his 16th goal of the season in the Penguins’ 4-1 win over the Red Wings Saturday and continues to be the gold standard for NHL players. In his career, Crosby has 79 points (30 goals, 49 assists) in 61 games against the Rangers.

5 Time to Get Nash-ty

Rick Nash snapped a 10-game point streak yesterday with an assist on Kevin Hayes’ first period goal.

He’s had success of late against the Penguins with 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in his last 12 games against them.

6 More Milestones for Hank?

With a win in tonight’s game, Henrik Lundqvist would become the first goaltender to earn 20 or more wins in each of his first 13 seasons and the first goalie in NHL history to win 20 games in 13 consecutive seasons.