Veteran winger Gary Roberts
did not skate this morning with the rest of his teammates and coach Michel Therrien
said it'll be a game time decision as to whether Roberts suits up.
"He's sick this morning," Therrien said. "We'll see how he's going to feel before the game, and we'll go from there."
If Roberts can't go, expect Adam Hall
to play. Hall has played in eight games this postseason and had an empty-net goal against the Rangers. Hall would likely play in Roberts' spot on the fourth line with Maxime Talbot
and Georges Laraque
– After playing in tonight's game Jordan Staal
will leave the Penguins and return home to Thunder Bay, Ont. to attend his grandfather's funeral. Staal will fly right back tomorrow night so he will only miss a practice day.
Jordan's brother, Eric, has also left Team Canada at the World Championships to return home for the funeral.
"This is personal," Therrien said. "Everybody deals with those things differently. He came to see me yesterday announcing the bad news, but he seems all right. He's focused, and I'm sure all of his concentration will be there for tonight's game."
– Sidney Crosby
admitted Tuesday that getting hurt and missing 28 games with a high ankle sprain doesn't seem like such a bad thing right now. Marc-Andre Fleury
also sat for nearly three months with an ankle injury.
"I'm sure they're a little more tired going through a long season and a playoffs like this," Crosby said when asked if he and Fleury are fresher than others on the ice right now. "I think that's fair to say. We've had a little bit more rest. Maybe not wanted rest, but at the same time, it's rest. So, that could be true."
– The Penguins are 24-17 lifetime in Game 3 of a playoff series, including a remarkable 15-6 road record. They are 9-2 in Game 3 when entering with a 2-0 lead in the series, and eight of those wins have come on the road. … Petr Sykora
will play in his 100th career playoff game tonight. … The Penguins have scored the first goal in eight of their 11 playoff games. … Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor
, who has been a healthy scratch for the entire postseason, is celebrating his 36th birthday today.
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