Penguins vs. Rangers preview: New York looks for revenge on Thurs.

Chris McGrath

The New York Rangers (3-3-0) will be hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0) in a nationally televised game on Thursday night.

This is the second of five meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals, with the Penguins coming away victorious 11 days ago at Madison Square Garden by a final score of 6-3.

For the Rangers, it was the second consecutive loss to start the season as they dropped their opening game against the Boston Bruins the day before. Since then, the team has won three of four, which included a victory against Boston in their second meeting of the season.

The team will hope for a similar result against Pittsburgh.

The Penguins will enter Thursday night as the polar opposites of the Rangers. After recording consecutive victories to start the season, the club has dropped three of their last four.

Both teams will bring middle of the pack numbers into the contest: Pittsburgh is averaging 2.5 goals per game (ranked 20th in the league) and allowing 3.0 goals against (ranked 21st), while New York has managed 2.67 goals for (ranked 16th) and 2.83 goals against (ranked 16th).

In terms of special teams, New York has struggling on the power play this season (12.5 percent; ranked 25th), while Pittsburgh is knocking on the door of a top-10 ranked unit (22.7 percent; ranked 11th). The Penguins have also been working on moving Evgeni Malkin onto the point in order to bolster the power play, which is something to look out for on Thursday.

The Rangers penalty kill is neutralizing 80 percent of chances this season (ranked 14th), while Pittsburgh has killed off 78.3 percent of their infractions (ranked 18th).

Henrik Lundqvist (3-3-0; .905 save percentage and 2.74 GAA) will be the starting goalie for New York, while Tomas Vokoun (1-1-0; .917 save percentage and 2.59 GAA) has been confirmed as the starter for Pittsburgh.

The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., ET and will be televised on RDS, NHLN-US, ROOT and MSG.

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