New York Rangers versus Pittsburgh Penguins playoffs schedule set

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The New York Rangers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blueshirts ensured the matchup by beating the Washington Capitals on Friday night by a 3-2 score. Had the Rangers lost, their first round date with the Penguins would be set as Pittsburgh beat the Blue Jackets 5-3 a little later.

Here is the schedule between the Metropolitan Division second and third place teams for their Round One matchup.

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Schedule

GM 1: Tuesday, 5/3 @NYR7PM ET(MSG, ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
GM 2: Thursday, 5/5 @NYR7PM ET(MSG, TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
GM 3: Saturday, 5/7 @PIT7PM ET(MSG, TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
GM 4: Monday, 5/9 @PIT7PM ET(MSG, ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
GM 5: Wednesday, 5/11 @NYRTBDTBA
GM 6: Friday, 5/13 @PITTBDTBA
GM 7: Sunday, 5/14 @NYRTBDTBA

Coach Quotes

NYR Gerard Gallant: “You know what you got with Pittsburgh. You know Crosby, Malkin, and Letang but that doesn’t worry us. I like our team and I like what we’re going to bring. We’re ready for this series.”

PIT Mike Sullivan: “We’re going to play the game that gives us the best chance to win. That’s what we’ve tried to do all year long. We’ll certainly go to work here over the next couple of days and see if there’s anything we can do to be better against the Rangers.”

NY Rangers vs Penguins Season Series

New York Rangers versus Pittsburgh Penguins Playoff Schedule
Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Igor Shesterkin #31 and Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers defend against Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City.Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Season Series: 3-1 NYR
NYR Goals For: 11
NYR Goals Against: 4

The Rangers played Pittsburgh extremely well this season, with their only loss coming in Pittsburgh by a score of 1-0. Igor Shesterkin started all four games and posted a stunning save percentage of .960 with a GAA of 1.01 and a shutout.

Chris Kreider was the offensive catalyst with 6 points (3G – 3A). Mika Zibanejad added 6 points (6A) of his own to drive the offense. Artemi Panarin recorded 4 points in the series (1G -3 A).

For the Penguins, Sidney Crosby played in three of the four contests and picked up 2 points (1G -1A). Evgeni Malkin also played in just three of four games picking up 2 points (1G -1A). Kris Letang played in all four contests and registered 2 points (2A).

On the Rangers injury front, Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp missed the last two games but are expected to be ready for Game 1. Tyler Motte is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Ryan Lindgren hobbled off the ice late in the third period with an apparent left leg issue but no update has yet been provided. He remained on the ice for the Blueshirts Off Their Back ceremony.

For the Penguins, #1 goaltender Tristan Jarry is listed as week-to-week with a foot injury. Jason Zucker is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

NHL Playoffs Round One Matchups

Here is a look at all 8 playoff off matchups.

(A1) Panthers vs (WC2) Capitals GM1: 5/3(C1) Avalanche vs (WC2) Predators GM1: 5/3
(A2) Maple Leafs vs (A3) Lightning GM1: 5/2(C2) Wild vs (C3) Blues GM1: 5/2
(M1) Hurricanes vs (WC1) Bruins GM1: 5/2(P1) Flames vs (WC1) Stars GM1: 5/3
(M2) Rangers vs (M3) Penguins GM1: 5/3(P2) Oilers vs (P3) Kings GM1: 5/2

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