The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers are set to face off in the wild-ball playoffs on Tuesday night in St. Louis, with the Penguins earning a trip to the postseason after beating the Arizona Coyotes.
The Penguins have won three straight games, the first time they have done that since May 6-13, and have won the last four of those matchups.
The Rangers will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak when they host the Penguins, who are looking to extend their winning streak to six games.
“I think it’s just the confidence that they have now,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.
“We’re just working hard and doing the things that we know we can do.”
“We’re coming into the playoffs, and we want to get out on the ice with the team that has been there before,” said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
“I think we can all get excited.”
The Penguins are 5-1-0 against the Coyotes, and 1-0-0 in their past three meetings, including a 2-1 win in the Eastern Conference finals in 2015.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are 3-2-1 against the Penguins this season and 3-1 on the road, including wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and the Arizona Avalanche in the 2017 Western Conference Finals.
Rangers forward Marko Dano has been named the NHL’s top defensive forward for the third straight season.
He has been credited with 13 goals and 31 points in 33 games this season.
The 22-year-old is tied for fifth among NHL rookies in points (23), assists (16), plus/minus rating (plus-19) and points per game (plus/minus).