PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins
forwards Tyler Kennedy
(concussion) and Steve Sullivan
(lower-body injury) took part in the morning skate and will be game-time decisions tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN2) against Colorado, but it appears as if both will play.
Kennedy has been out with a concussion since Oct. 15, while Sullivan sustained an undisclosed injury during a 5-3 loss at Carolina on Saturday.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, as usual, took part in the morning skate but will not play
after being ruled out Monday. The earliest he could play would be Thursday at Tampa Bay. Crosby hasn’t played since Jan. 5 against the Lightning.
Avalanche forward Brandon Yip
(broken right arm) took part in the morning skate and got in some extra work afterward, but coach Joe Sacco said he won’t play in the first meeting between the teams since Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime win Feb. 16, 2011, at the Pepsi Center. Kennedy scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 50 seconds remaining.
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis
left the morning skate after about 10 minutes with a cut on his face that required stitches, but will be in the lineup.
The expected lineups at Consol Energy Center:
- Paul Stastny
- Milan Hejduk
- Matt Duchene
- David Jones
- Ryan O'Reilly
- Daniel Winnik
- Kevin Porter
- Chuck Kobasew
- Shane O'Brien
- Erik Johnson
- Ryan O'Byrne
, 2-0 in his career with a 2.00 goals-against average against Pittsburgh during the regular season, is expected to be in goal, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere
as his backup.
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Jordan Staal
- Pascal Dupuis
- Richard Park
- Tyler Kennedy
- Joe Vitale
- Craig Adams
- Kris Letang
- Deryk Engelland
- Alexandre Picard
(9-2-1) will be back in goal after backup Brent Johnson
played against Carolina. Fleury enters tonight's games second in the League in wins (nine), sixth in goals-against average (1.87) and ninth in save percentage (.932).
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