PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins and New York Rangers did not have quite as strong a start to the season as they wanted, but things have been looking up for the Metropolitan Division rivals headed into their game Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins (15-10-3) have won four straight, while the Rangers (14-10-2) are 7-3-0 in their past 10 games. Pittsburgh won the only meeting between the two, 5-4 in overtime on Oct. 17 in New York.
The clubs haven't played a ton of games within the tight Metropolitan Division -- Pittsburgh is 3-1-0, New York is 3-3-2 -- which gives Tuesday's matchup a little extra air of importance. That might be especially so for the Rangers, who were on the fringe of a wild-card spot despite being just five points out of first in the division.
"You just look at the standings," said New York coach Alain Vigneault, whose team is going into its second of four straight divisional games. Contests versus Washington and New Jersey are ahead this week. >> Read more
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