NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 3rd (All times eastern)
New York Rangers (15-14-5-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-21-5-3), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers conclude a four-game road trip today when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
After winning the first two portions of the trek, the Rangers lost 5-4 to St. Louis on Thursday. Reinhard Divis stopped 39 shots to help the Blues hold on to the victory.
Mike Dunham made only eight saves and allowed four goals before giving way to Jussi Markkanen. Markkanen stopped nine shots for the Rangers.
Eric Lindros, Petr Nedved, Martin Rucinsky and Brian Leetch each scored for New York. Nedved and Leetch also added an assist.
Leetch's goal was somewhat encouraging, because he has not been reaching the scoresheet lately, posting just three points in his last 11 games.
New York will return home Monday and host Calgary.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, began the new year much like it spent 2003 -- pondering defeat. Kimmo Timonen scored two of Nashville's three power-play goals and assisted on the third, as the Predators defeated Pittsburgh, 3-2, at Gaylord Entertainment Center on Thursday.
Rico Fata and Tomas Surovy each scored for the Penguins, who are 0-3-1 in their last four games. Fata netted his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
The Penguins, with 26 points, are last in the Eastern Conference standings -- one behind Washington.
Pittsburgh will host Toronto on Monday.
The Rangers are 2-0 against the Penguins this season, and have taken four of the last five meetings. New York has won two straight at the Igloo.
01/03 10:23:42 ET