Game 2 hasn’t been kind to the Pittsburgh Penguins in recent playoff years, but they don’t have the luxury of easing into Sunday’s matchup with the New York Rangers as they trail the second-round series 1-0 after Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss.
Since their Stanley Cup championship in 2009, the Penguins have gone 2-6 in Game 2s, all of which have come on home ice. Pittsburgh dropped its second game against Columbus in the first round this year before rebounding to take three of the final four and the series.
The Pens will likely be without defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower-body injury) for a fourth consecutive game, although he did skate extensively Sunday morning for the first time since Game 4 of the Columbus series. Winger Brian Gibbons is anticipated to return after sitting out the past five with an undisclosed ailment.
Here are the particulars on tonight’s pivotal tilt, as the series will shift to New York for Game 3 on Monday.
Tonight’s Game: Penguins vs. Rangers at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh
Series Status: Rangers lead 1-0
Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Radio: 105.9 The X