The Penguins' line combinations during the morning skate weren't what they'll use in the game since captain Sidney Crosby -- cleared for full contact in practice for the first time this season
-- centered a line with Matt Cooke
and Pascal Dupuis
, who had 2 assists in a 4-2 win against Florida on Tuesday, is expected to remain on that line.
centered Steve Sullivan
and James Neal
on another line. Malkin has missed the last two games with right knee soreness and is a game-time decision. If he can't go, Mark Letestu
likely would move into this spot.
The other Penguins lines were:
- Jordan Staal
- Tyler Kennedy
- Richard Park
- Craig Adams
The defensemen pairs were:
- Zbynek Michalek
- Deryk Engelland
- Matt Niskanen
will start in goal in place of Marc-Andre Fleury
, who is sick, but still will serve as the backup.
More coming soon on the goaltender situation for both teams tonight.