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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Undermanned NYR will host healthy Penguins...

The Rangers, who lead the East and Atlantic, will be missing three top players tonight: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto.

Lundqvist missed Tuesday's game with the flu, and although he skated this morning at MSG, Martin Biron was the first goalie off and Lundqvist stayed on with the scratches. He said he was not game ready, havign spent two days in bed.

Del Zotto (right hip) skated on this own earlier. Callahan has missed two straight with a bruised foot, and had indicated that he might not be available for the game tonight.

The Penguins will have plenty of firepower, with Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang expected back after being sidelined with concussion issues. 

A regulation win by the Penguins would cut the Rangers lead to four points, with the Penguins holding a game in hand. 

Should the Rangers gain a point, the lead would be five.

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