Penguins open road trip in New York

17 October 2017 12:43:36 EST

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins make their first trip to Madison Square Garden this season to take on the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

It's the first contest of a three-game trip that heads south on Friday and Saturday to play the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Panthers were the opponents last Saturday when the Penguins picked up the 4-3 victory at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby scored twice, including what turned out to be the winner early in the third period, and Greg McKegg, shorthanded, and Patric Hornqvist were also on target for the hosts who bounced back from their 5-4 defeat to the Lightning two days earlier.

Tampa Bay meanwhile keeps on winning as they moved clear of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings in the Atlantic Division with a 3-2 triumph over the latter on Monday.

In the only game on the slate, the Lightning used two Nikita Kucherov goals, and a shorthanded opener from Tyler Johnson to get the better of the Red Wings at their new Little Caesars Arena.

The Lightning are straight back on the ice on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark while Detroit will cross the border to face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Despite the Penguins and Rangers meeting at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday all eyes however are likely to be focused on Washington as the Capitals match up with Toronto at the Capital One Arena.

Pittsburgh are 10/13 to win in New York, where the Rangers are 11/10.

The Penguins meanwhile are 11/1 to retain the Stanley Cup.

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