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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. New Jersey

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens brought Brian Dumoulin up from WBS earlier today. They had another move up their sleeve this afternoon.

We don’t know if Sidney Crosby or Robert Bortuzzo, both of whom are under the weather, will be available for tonight’s game. IF they don’t play, that would give the Pens just 11 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen (including Dumoulin), as Kris Letang was placed on IR and Marcel Goc will likely sit out -- which is one short of the 18 skaters needed. So the Pens recalled Scott Wilson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Tuesday afternoon.

Wilson, 22, has scored three goals, nine assists, 12 points and a plus-10 in 21 games with WBS. The rookie forward has produced two goals and seven points in his last eight AHL contests.

Wilson, who stands 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, played three seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 2011-13. Originally drafted by the Penguins in the seventh round (209th overall) in 2011, Wilson finished his collegiate career with 95 points (39G-56A) in 109 career games.

--Michelle Crechiolo

Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss tonight's game between the Penguins and the Devils.

--Michelle Crechiolo

Paul Martin took a puck in the eye at Monday's practice. A few stitches, some swelling and you get the below result. Girls love.

--Sam Kasan


Brian Dumoulin

Olli Maatta

Paul Martin

Brandon Sutter

--Michelle Crechiolo



Adam Henrique will be a game-time decision tonight

Cory Schneider will be in net tonight. He's started 24 of the Devils' 25 games. Unreal.

Marek Zidlicky

Michael Ryder

--Joey Sykes and Michelle Crechiolo


--Michelle Crechiolo and Joey Sykes

Head coach Mike Johnston said the team will know later today whether or not Sidney Crosby or Robert Bortuzzo, both of whom missed the morning skate due to illness, are available for tonight's game vs. the Devils.

"We’ll find out more this afternoon," Johnston said. "We should know a little bit later today. They came in this morning feeling under the weather and our trainers sent them to get more tests, as is usually done."

--Sam Kasan

Pens winger Pascal Dupuis, who is out for the next 5-plus months while on blood thinners to treat a blood clot, skated prior to the team's morning skate. He was on the ice with injured center Marcel Goc and strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

"The doctors have given him permission to do activity," head coach Mike Johnston said. "Activity could be treadmill, it could be any number of activities. He went out today for a little bit of a skate, but his condition or his timeline hasn’t changed at all. It’s just that the doctors have cleared him to do activity."

--Sam Kasan

Pens Pics

Tocchet and Siller share a laugh

Hornqvist tightens the gloves up for morning skate

Welcome to The Show Dumoulin

Megnatron getting some stretching tips from Bales

Greiss helps clear some pucks


Sutter eyes the puck

Scuds and Kunitz

Mr. 301

--Joey Sykes

The Pens are on the ice for the morning skate. Center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo are absent, as well as injured players Marcel Goc, Beau Bennett and Kris Letang.

The team used the following workflow...


--Sam Kasan


--Sam Kasan


--Sam Kasan

Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens will host division rival New Jersey at CONSOL Energy Center. The last time these two teams hooked up it resulted in an 8-3 victory for the Pens. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the game...
  • The Penguins host the division rival New Jersey Devils (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
  • Tonight’s game begins a three-game homestand for the Penguins.
  • The Penguins have gone 9-2 against the Devils at CONSOL Energy Center.
  • Pittsburgh is 3-0 all-time against Devils goaltender Corey Schnieder.
  • Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has fared much better against the Devils here in Pittsburgh than he has in New Jersey. At home, Fleury is 14-9-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average (55 GA/1538 MIN) and .928 save percentage (712 saves/767 shots) in 26 career starts. On the road, Fleury is 4-13-1 with a 3.07 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage.
  • During his five-game home winning streak against the Devils, Fleury has allowed just eight goals on 135 shots for a 1.60 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
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--Sam Kasan
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