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Game Preview: Pens-Preds

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens are in the Music City for a showdown with the Nashville Predators. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Predators

TIME: 8 p.m EST

PLACE: Bridgestone Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, The X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Pens enter Nashville as a banged up group. Injuries have sidelined Sidney Crosby (concussion), Kris Letang (upper-body), Conor Sheary (eye), Derrick Pouliot (undisclosed) and Matt Murray (hand) … On the bright side, Olli Maatta, who left the Pens' Thursday night contest against San Jose in the second period, took part in the morning skate and appears good to go … Pittsburgh recalled David Warsofsky from WBS to give them 6 healthy defensemen … The Pens are switching up their forward combinations, notably breaking up the HBK line and moving Phil Kessel on a wing with Evgeni Malkin … The Pens have a 4-game winning streak in Nashville, and are 7-1 in the last 8 overall against the Predators … After winning the season-opener, Nashville has dropped 3 straight contests … The Predators team is dealing with food poisoning, and their lineup is unknown … Nashville has scored 8 of its 10 goals this season on the power play. The Pens' discipline will be a key factor.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*Absent from the skate were Sidney Crosby (concussion), Kris Letang (upper-body), Conor Sheary (eye) and Derrick Pouliot (undisclosed).

*The Pens used the following workflow…

Kunitz-Malkin-Kessel

Hagelin-Bonino-Rust

Wilson-Cullen-Hornqvist

Sestito-Fehr-Kuhnhackl

The 6 defensemen rotated with 3 at each end

PP1: Schultz, Kessel, Malkin, Kunitz, Hornqvist

PP2: Warsofsky, Daley, Wilson, Bonino, Cullen

*Fleury was the first goaltender off of the ice

*Derrick Pouliot will be out longer-term with a lower-body

*Crosby skated on his own in Pittsburgh

*Letang and Sheary remain day-to-day

 

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