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Thoughts and Notes Leading Up to the Rangers

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  • With Marc-Andre Fleury's two-straight wins this weekend, do you start him against the Rangers tonight or let him sit?  When Brent Johnson was winning Dan Bylsma didn't exactly "ride the hot glove" as many thought he would.  Will he treat his starting goaltender differently?
  • Sidney Crosby is on a five-game point streak in which he's scored at least one goal in each outing.  His point total over that span is 12: an even six goals and six assists.  He leads the team with 27 points and is ranked second in the league, just one point behind Tampa's Steve Stamkos.
  • Didja know Kris Letang is tied for first in the league for most points by a defenseman?  His total of 17 (3g, 14a) puts him on par with Detroit's Nick Lidstrom.  
  • The Rangers, similar to the Pens, are riding a slight two-game win streak.  The similarity even extends to Marian Gaborik, who just like Evgeni Malkin registered a hat trick and an assist in New York's last win, an 8-2 rout over the Oilers.
  • Pssst - Ruslan Fedotenko.