The Pens host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the Metro Division First Round.
MATCH: Penguins vs. Jackets
SERIES: PIT 1-0
TIME: 7 p.m. EST
PLACE: PPG Paints Arena
TV: ROOT Sports, NHL Network
RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The Pens host division rival Columbus in Game 2 of their First Round series … Pittsburgh triumphed in Game 1 by a 3-1 count … Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal with Tristan Jarry backing up. Fleury made the surprise start after Matt Murray suffered a lower-body injury during warmups. He stopped 31 of 32 shots … Phil Kessel posted 2 points (1G-1A) in the game, including a beautiful power-play tally … Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup and notched 2 assists … Pittsburgh injuries: Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Matt Murray (lower-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body) … Matt Calvert scored the lone Columbus goal in Game 1 … Rookie sensation Zach Werenski returned to the lineup after missing the last 4 games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. He posted a game-high 6 shots … Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 of 29 shots … Columbus injuries: Clarkson (back), Murray (hand), Sedlak (upper-body).
MORNING SKATE REPORT:
*The Pens held an optional morning skate. The following players did not attend: Justin Schultz, Nick Bonino, Ian Cole Ron Hainsey, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby.
*Injured players Murray, Hagelin, Kunitz and Ruhwedel were also absent.