Rangers, Penguins a War of Youth vs. Experience

As the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins kick off their first-round playoff series Tuesday in Manhattan, there’s a sense of passing eras at play. 

The Penguins, of course, are in the twilight years of the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin/Kris Letang era, while the Rangers are at the beginning of the Igor Shesterkin/Adam Fox/Alexis Lafreniere/Kaapo Kaako era. And, as it goes with any battle between a Stanley Cup-champion core and a young group of up-and-comers, it’s on the unproven squad to convince people they’re worthy of believing in.