Could those players be available for the game at Madison Square Garden?
“We’ll take each day as it comes,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday. “I’m not going to speculate at this point. They’re obviously on the ice. That’s encouraging. They’re making progress.”
The Dallas Stars visit the Calgary Flames in the other Game 7, with the winner advancing to face the Edmonton Oilers. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov will be available for Calgary after NHL Player Safety cleared him for his hit on Dallas’ Luke Glendening.
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USA TODAY Sports’ NHL experts Jimmy Hascup, Mike Brehm and Jace Evans make their predictions for Sunday’s two Game 7s.
7 p.m. ET Sunday, TBS
Hascup: Rangers 4, Penguins 2. Sometimes results don’t make sense, but that’s sports, right? The Rangers have been a mess defensively. Sidney Crosby appears to be rejoining the Penguins’ lineup — and potentially Rickard Rakell and Tristan Jarry, too. But the Rangers have shown resiliency in erasing a 3-1 series deficit and the home crowd will be behind Igor Shesterkin.
Brehm: Rangers 4, Penguins 2. The Rangers are gelling and the Penguins are struggling on special teams. Getting Sidney Crosby and Tristan Jarry back, if that happens, will help the special teams, but Jarry hasn’t played in a month.
Evans: Rangers 3, Penguins 2. If Sidney Crosby plays, the Penguins will win. But if he doesn’t, the Blueshirts will ride a rocking home crowd to victory.
Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Hascup: Flames 3, Stars 1. Credit goes to the Stars and (mostly) Jake Oettinger for pushing this series to seven games. But Matthew Tkachuk had 42 goals this season and has none in this series, so it’s time for him to be a difference maker.
Brehm: Stars 3, Flames 1. I originally picked the Flames to win in five, but I like how the Stars have pushed it to seven, especially the play of goalie Jake Oettinger. Dallas has held Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane (117 combined regular-season goals) to two goals in this series.
Evans: Flames 3, Stars 0. Credit the Stars for grinding this series to seven games, but the Flames – one of the best teams in the league this season – should win at home.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL scores picks for playoff Game 7s: Second-round matchup on the line
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