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Rangers Vs. Penguins: Pittsburgh Plays New York In Possible Playoff Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the New York Rangers on Thursday, but this might not be the last time they see the Blueshirts this season.

Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 5-3.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins took a major step towards locking up the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Boston Bruins earlier this week, but they still have some difficult match ups on the schedule. Most notable a potential Playoff preview with the New York Rangers on Thursday. The game starts at 7 pm and can be found on the NBC Sports Network or Fox Pittsburgh.

The Rangers are the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the Playoffs which means that if the Penguins lock up the No. 4 seed and both teams advance through the first round of competition, they will face each other in the second round. A matchup that has to rank among the best the second round of the Playoffs can possibly produce. We will get a preview of that potential matchup on Thursday.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this game and all things Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, please head over to PensBurgh. For a view from the other bench, please check out Blueshirt Banter, SB Nation's New York Rangers blog. And for more on this and every NHL game, you can head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.