New York at Pittsburgh

Venue: Mellon Arena

Sidney Crosby's personal streak is still going, but the Pittsburgh Penguins' string of victories is not after a tight loss to an Atlantic Division foe.

They'll try to bounce back by extending a pretty impressive run against another rival.

The Penguins have earned 20 points from their last 11 meetings with the New York Rangers, a stretch Crosby looks to help his team continue at home Wednesday night as he tries to record a point in a career-high 20th consecutive game.

Pittsburgh (21-9-2) went into Philadelphia on Tuesday with a 12-game winning streak, one its captain had largely made possible with an 18-game point streak in which he'd amassed 20 goals and 16 assists.

Crosby assisted on Evgeni Malkin's second-period power-play goal to match his personal-best streak at 19 games, but the duo didn't do enough to help the Penguins extend their run. Crosby set up another Malkin goal early in the third, but Scott Hartnell's tally midway through the period gave the Flyers a 3-2 win.

"You never like losing and just because we won however many we won doesn't change that feeling, and I don't think it ever will," Crosby said. "You go out there and you work hard and you have an objective in mind to win a game and you don't - so no, it's not a good feeling.

"Luckily for us we have a game (Wednesday) night, so we can look to respond."

Pittsburgh's last loss prior to Tuesday came Nov. 15 against the Rangers, a 3-2 overtime defeat and a rare instance where it failed to earn two points versus New York. The Penguins have outscored the Rangers 45-25 in going 9-0-2 in the series since Jan. 18, 2009, including a 3-1 victory at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 29.

Crosby has racked up 10 goals and 11 assists in that stretch, picking up a point in the past 10 meetings.

The two assists Tuesday gave Crosby 38 points during his current point streak. He had 30 during his previous 19-game run, from Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 2007.

The Rangers (18-13-1) should be rested and ready, though, after shutting down one of the league's most dangerous attacks Sunday. New York's offense wasn't bad, either, scoring four goals during a nine-minute stretch in the second period of a 7-0 rout of Washington.

"I think from a team aspect everyone was going," center Brian Boyle told the Rangers' official website. "Everyone contributed. This was a fun one."

New York should get a big emotional boost Wednesday. Captain Chris Drury, who has missed all but one period this season with a left index finger he's broken twice, is expected to play for the first time since Oct. 15.

"Getting Dru back on the ice and back for the games is huge for us," defenseman Marc Staal said. "He will help us in so many ways. And we're all very excited to have him back in the lineup."

Drury is expected to skate on a line with Sean Avery and either Todd White or Erik Christensen.

New York's Henrik Lundqvist is 5-3-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and three shutouts in his last eight starts, but he's been dismal against the Penguins lately. He's 2-7-1 with a 3.48 GAA during the Rangers' regulation winless streak in the series.

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Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
NY Rangers4th Metropolitan 24175535-4-1
Pittsburgh5th Metropolitan 25203536-4-0

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