After playing Monday night in Winnipeg, the Penguins chose not to hold a morning skate in Minnesota today prior to tonight's game against the Wild, which can be seen on Versus and TSN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is winless in its last three games (0-2-1).
The Penguins fell, 2-1, to the Jets at MTS Centre and defenseman Kris Letang
faces a hearing today with NHL Senior V.P. of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan
for a boarding penalty he received in the third period.
While not known yet, it is possible that Letang won't be available for the game tonight against the Wild. The Penguins are already playing without Sidney Crosby
, Evgeni Malkin
, Tyler Kennedy
, Dustin Jeffrey
and Brooks Orpik
Kennedy missed his first game of the season Monday. Malkin, who is with the team on the trip, is still bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Kennedy missed his first game of the season Monday with a conccusion.
Since Marc-Andre Fleury
started Monday night, it's possible Brent Johnson
gets the nod for the Penguins against the Wild. It wouldn't be a bad call by coach Dan Bylsma
considering Johnson has a 3-3-2 career record against the Wild with a 1.60 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Wild coach Mike Yeo
was an assistant with the Penguins from 2005-10.