The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting set to take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at PNC Arena, and here’s the latest on what went down at the team’s morning skate.
Forward Tanner Glass worked on a line with Craig Adams and Zach Sill – according to the team’s Twitter handle – and it looks as though he’s ready to make a return to the lineup tonight for Pittsburgh. Glass has been out since Nov. 23 with a broken hand and was close to returning in the last game, so he will most likely be a go against Carolina.
Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi are both questionable, but it seems like one of them will definitely play tonight. Orpik skated with Deryk Engelland – who’s fresh off his suspension – and Scuderi was paired alongside Brian Dumoulin.
Judging by their pairings, Orpik looks like the likelier bet to return tonight, but it’s a little foggy because Scuderi was close to being back into game action. We won’t know for sure until game-time.
Forward Evgeni Malkin skated but did not participate on a line. Malkin will more than likely miss his sixth consecutive contest, however, he’s close to returning.
Forward Pascal Dupuis didn’t practice – according to Sam Kasan of the team’s website – and there’s no update on his status. Dupuis left the last game after colliding awkwardly with captain Sidney Crosby, and looked as though he suffered some type of knee injury.
- Kunitz – Crosby – Vitale
- Conner – Jokinen – Neal
- Zolnierczyk – Sutter – Kobasew
- Glass – Sill – Adams
- Orpik – Engelland
- Niskanen – Maatta
- Bortuzzo – Despres
- Scuderi – Dumoulin
PP 1: Crosby, Jokinen, Kunitz, Neal, Niskanen – per Kasan
PP 2: Conner, Despres, Kobasew, Maatta, Sutter – per Kasan
The lineup is, as usual, a game-time decision. It’s very possible that both Orpik and Scuderi play tonight, however, given Engelland’s suspension is finished, they could receive more time to recover.
The game tonight can be seen on the ROOT Network, and is set to start at 7 p.m.
Defenseman Brooks Orpik will play tonight – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Orpik was quite ill during Christmas with the flu but is good to go tonight. Glass also definitely is playing.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) December 27, 2013
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