Going into tomorrow nights game against Colorado, the Pens will be shuffling the lines trying to make up for all of the injuries. Dan Bylsma had Kennedy and Crosby on the ice practicing with the team, but do not expect to see either player this weekend.
Kennedy will be back by Monday’s game possibly, if not the following game. As for Crosby, there is still no time table for his return. Letang is currently experiencing symptoms but none of them are major at this point. He is on the road with them right now and the Coach can not wait to get him back to Pittsburgh to have their Doctors evaluate him. Steve Sullivan is not back on the ice yet, though he is still considered day to day. He may be able to start practicing according to sources by this weekend. Probably not ready for Monday though.
According to the Pens Report and Sam Kasan, these were the lines that worked together.
Colorado is 6-3 and 1 and their last 10 games and is second in their division. That would sound really great in most cases, but in theirs, it’s not so good. They are in second in their division but 1 point out of the Playoffs, and 20 points behind the first place team in their division, The Vancouver Canucks. The Ave’s are led by Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny. JS Giguiere and Valarmov are solid between the pipes and the defense can hold it’s own, but if they do not start to score more they will be on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. This team lacks goal scoring in a major way. The leader on the team in goals has 18 goals. They have 6 guys in double figures in goals and that would be fine also, but when the leader has 18, you have issues.
The Puck drops at 9pm Eastern in Colorado, or 7pm local time. Colorado is 18-14-1 at home. The Pens are 17-13-3 on the road. This should be another good game especially with the injuries on the Penguins team. That will serve as an equalizer.