GAME DAY REPORT
PENS TV SOUNDBrandon Sutter Mark Arcobello --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
It's been officially confirmed: head coach Mike Johnston said after morning skate that Evgeni Malkin would return to the lineup tonight after missing the last five games (and the NHL All-Star weekend) with a groin injury that he suffered Jan. 20 at Philadelphia.--Michelle Crechiolo
Quite the turnout for an optional skate
Mike Bales, Crosby and Downie are all focused on the same thing while Fleury makes eye contact with Sam snapping photos
Western Canada loves it when this guy passes through
Malkin strikes a similar pose to Crosby
All signs are pointing to this guy returning to the lineup tonight
David Perron is one of two former Oilers acquired by the Pens this year...
...Along with Mark Arcobello--Sam Kasan (photos) and Michelle Crechiolo (captions)
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens held an optional morning skate at Rexall Place, however there were only two players that did not participate - Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi. All the forwards were on the ice, including Evgeni Malkin - who could potentially return to the lineup tonight after missing five games with a groin injury. --Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE OILERS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Here are some game notes to get you ready for tonight's showdown in Oil Country...
- The Penguins begin their annual trip to Western Canada against the Edmonton Oilers (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio 105.9 The X) at Rexall Place.
- The Penguins are 2-0-2 in their last four trips to Edmonton.
- Overall, the Penguins have gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games against the Oilers, regardless of location.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan