Rangers: Plain and simple: score first. The Rangers have scored the game-opening goal only 13 times this season. Not surprisingly the Rangers have earned points in 11 of those games, posting an impressive 10-2-1 record when scoring first. The Rangers can not afford to let Pittsburgh start rolling with the first goal, and to "chase" the Penguins---using John Tortorella's preferred terminology. When their opponent scores first, the Rangers are just 7-13-2 this season.
Penguins: Pittsburgh has eight players with 20 or more points already this season. By way of comparison, the Rangers have only two. The injured Sidney Crosby tops that list---and leads the league---with 56 points. Chris Kuntiz is second on the team, and third in the NHL, with 45 points. And Evgeni Malkin, who has been limited to 24 games played due to injury, is all the way down at fifth on that list with 27 points.