Rangers face monumental clash with Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 15: Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 15: Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

With the Rangers riding their seven-game win streak into this game, the next opponent will be a stern test. It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins who will host the Blueshirts with the winner of this game getting a firm hold on the third-place divisional playoff spot in the Metropolitan. Pittsburgh had been pretty hot themselves before a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes so this will be a very good test as to whether the Rangers are for real or not.

Filip Chytil should be good to go in this one which is good news for the Rangers. He left the Blackhawks game early with an upper-body injury. With the way Chytil has been performing for the Rangers recently, it’s going to be a positive thing to get him in the lineup. He’s missed a lot of time already this season dealing with issues so allowing him to get consistent game time to show how he has developed over the summer is going to be a major help.

In New York hockey right now, there’s a simple solution. When you need a win, you turn to Igor Shesterkin. Gerard Gallant will be doing that tonight as the Russian shot-stopper will be manning the crease ahead of this one. Last season’s Vezina Trophy winner will be looking to continue to build on a good season despite not being in the same echelon he was hailed in last season.

New York Rangers

Artemi Panarin — Mika Zibanejad – Barclay Goodrow
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Chris Kreider – Vincent Trocheck – Jimmy Vesey
Sammy Blais – Jonny Brodzinski – Vitali Kravtsov

Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur – Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin
Jaroslav Halak

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Rickard Rakell
Danton Heinen – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Brock McGinn – Jeff Carter – Kasperi Kapanen
Ryan Poehling – Teddy Blueger – Drew O’Connor

Marcus Pettersson – Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin – Jan Rutta
Pierre-Olivier Joseph – Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith

What time is puck drop and where to watch

This is a 7 PM Eastern Puck drop for the Rangers in the Steel City and New York will be looking to push their win streak to eight. MSG will cover the game for fans that want to watch from the Empire State, and AT&T Sportsnet will cover the game in Pittsburgh for those watching in Pennsylvania. A win tonight would truly solidify the Rangers as back and should allow them to start looking ahead to the postseason.