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.
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:
Looking for NYR PP units? McDonagh-Yandle, EStaal-Kreider-Stepan, and Diaz-Boyle, Brassard-Nash-Zuke. Remember, no AM skate with 3 pm start
Andersen has stopped 57 of 58 shots taken by the Predators.
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.