The Rangers enter today’s showdown in Pittsburgh reeling, losers of three of their last four, and on the outside of the playoff picture, looking to find consistency to their game without much time to do so.

It doesn’t seem like the right time to take on the streaking Penguins and Sidney Crosby, who have won seven straight, are tied atop the Eastern Conference and lead the NHL with 103 goals scored.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist feels otherwise.

“It’s the perfect time for us,” The King insisted after practice yesterday at Consol Energy Center. “It’s a good challenge for us, an opportunity for us to turn things around here. Last week and a half has been a little down for us, but if we can get a good game [today], against one of the better teams in the league, we can build from that.”