Category: Game Preview
Turns out that Sidney Crosby’s groin is just a bit too sore to give it a go tonight vs. the Isles. Crosby’s been ruled out of tonight’s game.
Also, Ryan Whitney will not play as well. However, it’s not what you think (whether that’s a healthy scratch or a trade). Whitney is in New England on what the Penguins are calliing “family issues.
Tonight’s the night.
Sergei Gonchar will make his season debut for the Penguins tonight in Toronto vs. the Leafs. Gonchar has been out since September with a ligament and cartilage damage in his shoulder.
Ruslan Fedotenko will also return tonight after suffering a broken hand on the beak of former Penguin Colby Armstrong on Jan 6th.
Unfortunately, not all news is good, although not devastating. Defenseman Philippe Boucher is out indefinitely after foot surgery. Boucher has been scratched for the last several games.
Am I seeing things, or are the Penguins actually getting healthy ?? Looks like Ruslan Fedotenko’s a go for Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Luca Caputi to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Caputi played in five games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut Feb. 3 at Montreal. He notched his first career goal in the NHL 2:30 into the first period of his first NHL game, recording the second-fastest goal by a Penguins’ player making his debut. Rick Kessell holds the record scoring 2:19 into his NHL debut March 21, 1970 versus Chicago.
Penguins winger Miro Satan, he of the $3.5 million contract along with 14 goals and 31 points so far this season, will be watching tonight’s game in the press box as a healthy scratch.
Also, former Pen Gary Roberts will be back in the lineup tonight after being out since Nov. 29th with an elbow injury.
Brooks Oprik and Max Talbot have been ruled out for this afternoon’s matinee matchup vs. the Rangers.
However, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Rob Scuderi are all game-time decisions. All three practiced yesterday.
Penguins at Predators, 8PM ET, Sommet Center
Penguins, 20-17-4, 44 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Predators, 17-19-3, 37 pts, 14th in Western Conference
Thrashers at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Thrashers, 13-22-5, 31 pts, 14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 19-17-4, 42 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Update: Tyler Kennedy will skate on the first line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. The second line will have Ruslan Fedotenko, Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora. The third line will have Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Maxime Talbot. Miroslav Satan, Dustin Jeffrey and Eric Godard will skate together on the fourth line
Penguins at Rangers, 7PM ET, Madison Square Garden
Penguins, 19-16-4, 42 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Rangers, 23-14-3, 49 pts, T-5th in Eastern Conference
Panthers at Penguins 1PM ET, Mellon Arena
Panthers, 16-16-5, 37 pts, 10th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 19-15-4, 42 pts, 8th in Eastern Conference
Penguins at Bruins, 7PM ET, TD Banknorth Garden
Penguins, 19-14-4, 42 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Bruins, 28-5-4, 60 pts, 1st in Eastern Conference
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