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Pittsburgh Penguins/NY Rangers Pregame: Game 6

After a 5-1 win in Game 5, the Rangers will look to force a Game 7 in New York tonight. The Penguins failed to close the door in Game 5 as the Rangers’ Powerplay connected for two goals after a long goalless drought. Leading up to Game 6, there are a few interesting storylines. For the Penguins, Defensemen Olli Maatta joined Brooks Orpik in missing the morning skate today. So it looks like Deryk Engelland will make his debut in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, having not played since April 12. Speaking with reporters after their skate this morning, Engelland said he would not be intimidated by the intensity and that he would be looking to get engaged physically early on in the game. With Orpik and Maatta suspected out, Engelland will be expected to contribute to the Pens’ physical game and log a good amount of ice-time. Although Coach Dan Bylsma would not comment on his lineup, expect to see Engelland take the ice for the Penguins tonight and be an important factor in Game 6. In the Rangers’ locker room, tonight’s lineup will remain the same as in Game 5. The return of Chris Kreider has sparked some much needed offense, breaking the Rangers out of an 0-for-36 run on the Powerplay. After building momentum going 2-for-3 in Game 5, look for the Ranger PP to play a factor in tonight’s game. After the passing of his mother, Martin St. Louis will take the ice with his father and sister in the stands in what will surely be an emotional game for him. Expect the Rangers to try and draw energy from the extra emotions flowing through their locker room as they push to win one for their teammate. Desperate to force a Game 7, expect the Rangers to push for momentum early in front of their home fans. Trying to avoid any Game 7, the Penguins will rebut as they try to advance to their second straight Eastern Conference Finals series. It will surely be a high-energy contest. Puck drops at 7:10 tonight.  Do your mom a favor and watch the game with her. She’ll appreciate it.

Tags: 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins

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