AT A GLANCE: The Rangers will look for two straight wins when they host first-place Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. The teams will meet again Friday in Pittsburgh.
PLAYOFF STANDINGS: After the Islanders victory Tuesday, the Rangers are on the outside looking in. They are two points behind the Islanders and Devils for the seventh and eight spots. The Rangers are currently in ninth with 37 points, but are just one point ahead of 10th place Washington.
THE STREAK IS OVER: Pittsburgh's attempt to tie and break the NHL record of 17 straight wins ended Tuesday night when it fell to Buffalo, 4-1. The Penguins had won 15 straight games, and had they won, would have tried to tie the record Wednesday, and break it Friday. It's safe to say, Wednesday's night game might not have the same juice as it would had Pittsburgh won.
CALL THEM DADDY: Maybe the Blueshirts need to pull a page out of the Pedro Martinez playbook because they just can't beat the Penguins. The Rangers are 0-3 against Pittsburgh this year, including an 0-2 mark at MSG, and have been outscored 12-3 in those games, which includes two shutouts. Over the last two seasons, the Rangers are 2-7 against Pittsburgh. It's been a one-sided affair.
INTERESTING LINEUPS: The Rangers will see an unusual Pittsburgh lineup because of the recent injury to Sidney Crosby and the team's trade deadline acquisition of Jarome Iginia. Crosby is out indefinitely with a broken jaw, but Iginla scored his first goal with the team Tuesday. Pittsburgh also added Brendan Morrow and Douglas Murray in trades.
DEBUT FOR CLOWE: The Rangers acquired veteran forward Ryan Clowe from San Jose on Tuesday night and he will make his debut Wednesday night. Clowe scored at least 45 points in each of the last four years, but this season he has just 11 and zero goals. The Rangers aren't looking for him to galvanize the offense, but need him to bring some toughness and added depth.
TRADE DEADLINE: The trade deadline ends today at 3 p.m. While the Rangers aren't expected to make a major moves, they could continue tinkering with the roster. The team could look to upgrade on defense, or look to find another forward that will help bolster the team's depth.