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Thursday, December 7th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-11-4) at New York Rangers (13-10-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling clubs get together tonight at Madison Square Garden, as the New York Rangers welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town.

The Rangers have dropped four straight games, but only the most recent of those setbacks came in regulation. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 0-3-0 in its last three contests and has lost six of its last seven games.

The Blueshirts dropped a 7-4 decision to the visiting New York Islanders on Sunday night. Viktor Kozlov notched the first four-goal game of his career to help the Isles beat their city rivals at MSG.

Brendan Shanahan notched a hat trick, the 18th of his career, and Jaromir Jagr added a goal for the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist started in net for the Rangers, but was pulled after the first period as he allowed four goals on eight shots. Kevin Weekes finished the game between the pipes and stopped 10-of-13 shots.

The Pens were last in action on Tuesday and were handed a 3-2 loss by the Florida Panthers. Olli Jokinen's power-play goal in the third period lifted the Panthers to the road win.

Sidney Crosby scored a dazzling goal and assisted on the other tally for the Penguins. Crosby has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in his last eight contests.

Jocelyn Thibault allowed three goals on 30 shots in the loss. Pittsburgh is now 1-4-2 in its last seven games overall.

Tonight begins a three-game road trip for the Penguins, who are 5-5-1 as the visiting club this year.

Pittsburgh has won two of the first three meetings with New York this season, including the lone clash staged at MSG.

12/07 10:32:39 ET

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