PENGUINS CLOSE REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY AT HOME AGAINST RANGERS
The Pittsburgh Penguins close out the regular season Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as they welcome the New York Rangers to Mellon Arena.
FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.
In order to secure the Eastern Conference's fourth seed heading into the playoff, the Penguins (46-24-11, 103 points) must earn a win and hope Ottawa loses at Boston on Saturday night. Regardless, the Penguins and Senators will meet in the first round of the playoffs. A Penguins loss or an Ottawa win will clinch the No. 4 spot for the Senators.
Sidney Crosby owns a seven-point lead in the NHL scoring race with 118 points (36+82) in 78 games. San Jose's Joe Thornton is in second place with 111 points (21+90) in 81 games.
Evgeni Malkin leads all rookies in scoring with 85 points (33+52) in 77 games. Colorado's Paul Stastny is second with 76 points (27+49) in 80 games. Penguins winger Jordan Staal is sixth in rookie scoring with 42 points (29+13). He leads all NHL players with a 22.7 shooting percentage and seven short-handed goals, an NHL record for rookies.
Sergei Gonchar is second in scoring among NHL defensemen with 66 points (13+53) in 81 games played. Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer also has 68 points (15+53) in 78 games.