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Latest Update: Malkin, Rust in; Fleury Out


Evgeni Malkin will return to the lineup today as the Penguins have hit the ice for warmups. Marc Andre Fleury is out for the second consecutive playoff game.

Bryan Rust is also playing.

PITPenguins Lineup

Kunitz – Crosby – Hornqvist
Hagelin – Bonino – Kessel
Sheary – Malkin – Rust
Kuhnhackl – Cullen – Fehr

Maatta – Letang
Dumoulin – Daley
Cole – Lovejoy

Zatkoff in Goal

nyrRangers Lineup

Kreider – Stepan – Zuccarello
Miller – Brassard – Nash
E.Staal – Hayes – Fast
Glass – Moore – Stalberg

M.Staal – Klein
Yandle – McIlrath
Skjei – Boyle

Lundqvist in Goal

From Earlier: Game 2 Pre-Game Buzz

Will the Penguins see a significant boost to their lineup as they look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead?

Two hours before puck drop it sure seems that way. Mike Sullivan [hide] said moments ago both Marc Andre Fleury and Evgeni Malkin will be game-time decisions.

“Those guys are a game-time decision and you will soon find out.” Sullivan said with a little chuckle and smile..

MalkinMalkin this morning was officially removed from injured reserve, something that had to happen for him to be eligible to play today.

If Malkin returns, Sullivan was non-committal about dressing seven defenseman again. Justin Schultz is likely to be the odd-man out if they don’t.

Sullivan when also asked about another injured goaltender, Matt Murray, and said Murray is making progress but did not elaborate much. He’s been listed as having a head injury, not a concussion to this point. Murray has not been practicing.


Girardi Out, Lundqvist “good to go”

Once the back bone of the Rangers, Dan Girardi has become a liability for the Rangers and was in Game 1. The Rangers say he has been playing hurt and he’ll be out of the lineup today.

Dylan McIlrath is expected to draw into the lineup for Girardi, something many observers have claimed should have happened already.

Henrik Lundqvist who practiced fully on Friday, will start in goal for New York.

“He’s good to go,” Alain Vigneault said.