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Inside the Rangers’ plan to stop Sidney Crosby and Co.

The problem of dealing with Sidney Crosby is, to a big extent, self-explanatory.

The Penguins’ captain has been within the league for 17 seasons, within the playoffs for 16 of them and within the playoffs in opposition to the Rangers 4 occasions. At a sure level, what you see is what you get.

“He can skate, he’s sturdy, he’s good across the internet, he can shoot [on the] forehand, backhand,” Henrik Lundqvist, who was within the Rangers’ internet for all 4 of these sequence, stated Monday afternoon on a Zoom name. “… He’s accomplished it for thus lengthy that it’s no query what he brings to the desk.”

For Rangers coach Gerard Gallant, although, the query is available in what to do about Crosby and the remainder of the Penguins’ prime line, which options No. 87 centering Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust — a trio that’s mixed for a cool 226 factors this season and a 51.07 anticipated objectives share, per Natural Stat Trick. Gallant shouldn’t be one to stray from his message publicly, and wouldn’t achieve this Monday when requested about that exact matchup.

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