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NHL playoffs: What you need to know for Saturday

The Stanley Cup playoffs are on. Each day, we’ll keep you updated on the important news involving players, starting lineups, injuries and more. Check back throughout the day to stay in the know.

Rangers on the brink, again

The New York Rangers are looking at their earliest playoff exit since 2011, but they’re also hoping to rally back from3-1 series deficit for a third time in that same span.

The Penguins, who fell in seven games after holding that same 3-1 lead over the Rangers in 2014, will try and finish off the Blueshirts in Game 5 this afternoon in Pittsburgh (3 p.m. ET).

A bounce-back game for Henrik Lundqvist (four goals allowed, .778 save percentage in Game 4) will be key if New York is to force a Game 6. In the last two 3-1 series deficit rallies by the Rangers, he’s held opponents to a single goal in five of the six contests.

Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, sidelined since April 2 with a concussion, skated without pads on Friday, but is doubtful to play. There’s no rush for him to return though: playing in Games 3 and 4, backup Matt Murray has allowed only one goal off of 48 shots.

Power(less) play

If the Rangers are to succeed in Game 5, they’ll have to turn around their disappointing man-advantage. They’ve scored zero goals in 15 tries over the first four games, with one tally on a two-man advantage. It seems head coach Alain Vigneault has mixed up his power play lines:

Andersen the man in Anaheim

After helping his team out of an 0-2 series hole, Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen gets the nod in net for Game 5 against the visiting Nashville Predators (6 p.m. ET).

Andersen has stopped 57 of 58 shots taken by the Predators.

Shaw returns for Game 6

The Chicago Blackhawks will get a key piece back in the lineup for tonight’s Game 6 against St. Louis (CBC, CBC Sports app, 8 p.m. ET) as Andrew Shaw returns from his one-game suspension for uttering a homophobic slur.

Chicago may also have some history on their side: under head coach Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks are 14-1 in Game 6 tilts.

CBC | Sports News

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