Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers (-115, 5.5)
After defeating one Atlantic Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to topple another on Sunday when they face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins exacted a bit of revenge for their first-round playoff exit last season with a 3-1 triumph over Philadelphia on Saturday. Tyler Kennedy and James Neal scored 2:40 apart in the first period and Marc-Andre Fleury set a franchise record with his 227th victory.
New York was on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision, courtesy of Original Six rival Boston on Saturday. Prize offseason acquisition Rick Nash notched an assist and Henrik Lundqvist made a few stunning saves in their loss to the Bruins. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner is just 2-4-2 in his last eight meetings with Pittsburgh.TV:
7 p.m., NHLN, ROOT (Pittsburgh), MSG (New York)ABOUT THE PENGUINS (1-0-0):
Although Fleury was solid on Saturday, the team announced that Tomas Vokoun will get the nod against the Rangers. The veteran netminder has fared well versus New York, winning six of his last nine outings (6-2-1) while registering a slim 2.27 goals-against average in 19 career contests. Captain Sidney Crosby was held off the scoresheet in the season opener, but has 57 points (20 goals, 37 assists) in 40 career games versus New York.ABOUT THE RANGERS (0-1-0):
Although he struggled to find chemistry with Marian Gaborik last season, Brad Richards took a step forward on Saturday by scoring his team's lone goal. Unfortunately for coach John Tortorella's club, it couldn't generate any offense on its five power-play opportunities - including a 90-second 5-on-3 situation in the third. "If we score a goal there ... it definitely hurts momentum," captain Ryan Callahan said.TRENDS:
* Over is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings in New York.
* Penguins are 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Road team is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
* Rangers are 0-4 in their last four vs. Eastern Conference foes.
1. Pittsburgh's penalty killers thwarted all five shorthanded situations versus Philadelphia.
2. After a sizzling postseason, Chris Kreider played his first official regular-season game on Saturday. The 21-year-old was held without a shot in 16 shifts.
3. The Penguins have outscored the Rangers by a 16-5 margin en route to winning the last four contests.