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Posted On Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 7:29 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Perron to play for Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward David Perron will play against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday after previously being considered doubtful.

Perron participated in the Penguins’ pregame warm-ups at Consol Energy Center a day after missing Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes with an undisclosed illness. He will play on the fourth line alongside center Maxim Lapierre and a rotation of Beau Bennett and Craig Adams at right wing.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston said following the morning skate Sunday that he did not expect to have Perron available.

Posted On Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 12:57 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will use five defensemen without Kris Letang against the San Jose Sharks (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ROOT) on Sunday.

Letang left Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes with 4:45 remaining in the second period after being shoved by Coyotes forward Shane Doan. Letang fell backward, which caused his head to snap into the end boards.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston confirmed Letang sustained a concussion and provided no timetable for his return.

Letang, who is third on the Penguins with 54 points, has been released from the hospital, but did not participate in Pittsburgh’s optional Sunday morning skate that nine players attended at Consol Energy Center.

Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:40 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Malkin, Hornqvist return for Penguins vs. Coyotes

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist will return against the Arizona Coyotes (1 p.m. ET; FS-A, ROOT) at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

Malkin and Hornqvist each participated in Pittsburgh's practice Friday after missing six and five games, respectively. Malkin last played March 14, when he sustained a lower-body injury during his first shift against the Boston Bruins. Hornqvist, who has missed 18 games in his first seasons with the Penguins, has not played since skating 17:45 against the Detroit Red Wings, out with an undisclosed injury.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:09 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is expected to return against the St. Louis Blues at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Ehrhoff, who missed Pittsburgh's 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday because of undisclosed reasons, has been in and out of the lineup several times throughout the past two months. He participated in the Penguins' morning skate Tuesday.

The Penguins showed one line - center Sidney Crosby between left wing Chris Kunitz and right wing David Perron - during their skate. Coach Mike Johnston said he anticipates Ehrhoff playing with Pittsburgh using 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

Posted On Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 10:56 AM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Malkin out, Crosby in for Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin will not play Sunday, but Sidney Crosby will for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they face the Detroit Red Wings.

Malkin will be unavailable because of a lower-body injury sustained during his first shift of Pittsburgh’s 2-0 loss Saturday to the Boston Bruins, coach Mike Johnston said. Crosby’s status was questionable after electing not to play because of illness against Boston minutes before the game began, Johnston said, but he is in the lineup.

Posted On Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 12:52 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will return to Consol Energy Center looking slightly different than when they left.

Since their previous home game, a 5-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 1, the Penguins (38-18-10) have acquired defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Ian Cole while seeing the departures of defensemen Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo to the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues, respectively. Lovejoy and Cole will make their home debuts against the Edmonton Oilers (18-38-11) on Thursday.

Lovejoy was back alongside defenseman Derrick Pouliot, where he had played through his first four games back with Pittsburgh, during the morning skate. Cole rotated on the third pairing with Rob Scuderi and Christian Ehrhoff, who has missed five games because of concussion symptoms after returning for one game Feb. 25 following a month-long absence.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he expects Ehrhoff to return against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 12:04 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins’ newest piece will make his debut at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, when goalie Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney makes his second start in as many days.

Forward Daniel Winnik, who Pittsburgh acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday for forwardZach Sill, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2016 draft, skated to the left of third-line center Brandon Sutter and right wing Steve Downie during Pittsburgh’s Saturday practice. Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Winnik will start on the third line, but the bottom-six wingers could cycle as the game progresses.

“I think, anybody who gets traded, you hope it’s to a team that has a chance to win a Cup,” Winnik said on Saturday. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be traded here and have that chance for the rest of the year.”

Posted On Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 12:45 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers are entering Sunday from different directions.

Pittsburgh will face the Panthers at Consol Energy Center, a day removed from its most impressive performance in 10 days. After two division losses following a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Penguins rebounded with a 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues.

The Panthers had a drastically different experience on Saturday. After two division wins following a 2-1 shootout loss to the Blues, Florida allowed four unanswered goals in a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Each team cancelled their Sunday morning skates.

Posted On Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 1:00 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- One of the Columbus Blue Jackets' more lethal weapons could return against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Thursday.

Forward Nick Foligno, who did not play in a 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with a lower-body injury, could suit up against Pittsburgh. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said Foligno will take part in pregame warm-ups with the intention to play.

"I was a super fan watching the game [on Tuesday]," Foligno said. "So I'm not good watching. Hopefully I can get back in there tonight. … I feel a lot better today. I was pretty sore the past couple days, but I'm getting the swelling down and felt I could get my foot in the skates."

Foligno, who skated alongside forwards Marko Dano and Artem Anisimov on Thursday morning, is tied with forward Ryan Johansen for the team lead in points (52 each) and leads Columbus with 22 goals. Prior to his injury, he had at least one point in five consecutive games, scoring four goals during that stretch.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 1:26 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins hope their newfound health can reverse their fortunes when they face the Washington Capitals for a third time.

The Penguins have yet to score a goal against the Capitals in two games this season, which they've lost by a combined score of 7-0. Washington defeated Pittsburgh 4-0 at Verizon Center on Jan. 28, with forward Alex Ovechkin scoring twice, a month after forward Eric Fehr's two goals led Washington to a 3-0 win in Pittsburgh on Dec. 27.

The Penguins will look to avoid a third shutout at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

"I think they played that 1-1-3 [defense in the first two games] and we've had a couple teams play that against us," defenseman Paul Martin said. "For us, just managing the puck through the neutral zone and making sure we get it in deep and spend some time in their end."

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