Penguins notebook: Penguins get first glimpse of Rangers
The Penguins will play the New York Rangers on Tuesday for the first time since the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. Are they seeking revenge for the playoff loss? “You don’t completely erase what happened,” right wing Craig Adams said. “But the fact is, if we beat them in this game, it doesn’t exactly make up for it. There’s no way to go back and get your revenge. It’s done.” Defenseman Kris Letang took a slightly different stance about the game at Madison Square Garden. “We want to get our revenge,” he said. “We just want to make sure we bring our ‘A’ game against them.” The Rangers will be without two of their top defensemen in Ryan McDonagh and Dan Boyle, both of whom are dealing with injuries. Center Derek Stepan recently returned after missing the first month of the season with a broken leg. “They’re missing guys and off to a slow start,” Adams said. “But we know how good they are.”
• Coach Mike Johnston said defenseman Olli Maatta, who had a possibly cancerous tumor removed last week, could start skating later this week. The team is expected to announce whether the tumor was cancerous later this week. Maatta is expected to make a full recovery and return to the lineup in less than a month.
• Right wing Steve Downie played sparingly Saturday after fighting defenseman Mike Weber. Johnston said there was concern that Downie’s head hit the ice but that there no longer are concussion concerns. Downie practiced Monday and will play against the Rangers.