Rickard Rakell was so upset following his performance on Monday that he couldn't sleep. Rakell had two goals, Chris Stewart scored on a penalty shot and Andrew Cogliano had an empty-netter to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Ducks responded to one of their worst defeats of the season - Monday's 6-2 blowout at Pittsburgh that snapped their six-game winning streak - with a strong game.
The New York Rangers are winning without their captain and most established scorer, mainly because their most important player has been in top form. Henrik Lundqvist's recent accomplishments still pale in comparison to those of Sidney Crosby, who'll attempt to extend his career-best goal streak to eight games and help the Pittsburgh Penguins stop the Rangers' surge Wednesday night. Both clubs have endured ups and downs since last facing off in the 2015 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, when Lundqvist yielded one goal in all four wins as the Rangers took the series in five.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin's lower-body injury will keep him out at least the rest of the week. Coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that Malkin will miss Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers and a road trip through Carolina and Florida this weekend. The four-time All-Star has missed each of Pittsburgh's last three games after initially sustaining the injury last week.