The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the second round for the second consecutive season. This is the third straight season the New York Rangers have gotten as far as the conference semifinal.
Despite their mutual successes, this is the first time the Penguins and Rangers are meeting in the playoffs since 2008. Pittsburgh won that conference semifinal series in five games as Marc-Andre Fleury got the better of Henrik Lundqvist.
A lot has changed since then, but many of the key faces—Lundqvist, Fleury, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal—are back for the 2014 edition.
Can the Rangers find a way to shut down the Penguins' stars? Can Pittsburgh get scoring from anyone outside of its core players? Will Fleury allow a crippling goal from behind the net or center ice that derails the series?
All of those answers and more (including the brutally busy schedule) lie ahead in this slideshow.