Metropolitan Division Preview: Penguins

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Players To Watch

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Pittsburgh- Pascal Dupuis: While he isn’t named Crosby or Malkin, one could argue the most dangerous Penguin against the Rangers over the past several seasons has been Pascal Dupuis. The former Ranger — albeit for just six games during the 2006-07 campaign — has found success against New York as a member of the Penguins, posting six goals and 16 points in 25 contests.

Dupuis has shined while playing on a line with Crosby over the past two seasons, namely last year when he posted 20 goals and 38 points in 48 games, including three goals against New York. The year prior, Dupuis set a career-highs with 25 goals, 34 assists and 59 points.

Rangers- Henrik Lundqvist: When facing a team with as much offensive firepower as the Penguins, the Rangers — as they often do — will need Henrik Lundqvist to be Henrik Lundqvist. Historically, Lundqvist has faired well against Pittsburgh, going 23-18-6 with two shutouts in 47 games. The 23 wins are the fourth-most he has against any team in his career.

The Rangers have hopes of returning to the top of the Eastern Conference mountain next season, and they know full well that one of the teams standing in their way will be the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lundqvist may have to steal a game or two on his own against their division rival, which could go a long way in determining postseason positioning.