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Pens cancel morning skate in Minney

Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 10:36 AM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / At the Rink blog

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Pens cancel morning skate in Minney
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 (back).

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.
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