The Penguins practiced at CONSOL Energy Center Tuesday afternoon. Missing from the skate were forward Tanner Glass and defensemen Paul Martin (lower-body) and Olli Maatta (immigration matter).
Martin, who is listed as day-to-day, has not practiced since playing last Wednesday in New York City and missed Saturday’s game in St. Louis. Head coach Dan Bylsma isn’t confident that Martin would be able to play Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Glass missed his second straight day and was listed as probable for Wednesday’s game.
Both Martin and Glass skated on their own prior to the team’s 11 a.m. practice.
Maatta was a pre-arranged absentee. He was handling an immigration matter and is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.
The Pens used the following workflow…
The Penguins rotated through five defensemen with Deryk Engelland, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Robert Bortuzzo.
The power play units were…
Crosby, Kunitz and Neal low. Malkin and Letang on points.
Sutter, Bennett, D’Agostini low. Niskanen and Jokinen on points.
The Penguins and Flyers meet for the second time this season, and for the first time in Pittsburgh.
Even though the Penguins are currently first in the Metropolitan Division (11-6-0-22) and the Flyers (5-10-1-11) are dead last, that doesn’t mean there is any less fire for the game.
“The Flyers have been up and down and around,” Bylsma said. “Win two, go through a couple games they’re not happy with, win one. Sometimes you hear the football analogy of when it’s a rivalry it really doesn’t matter where the records are at or where the teams are at. You’re playing a rival, they’re coming into your building, this feels exactly like that.”
The last time the two teams met the Penguins walked away from Philadelphia with a 4-1 victory. The game was very close as Pittsburgh held a 2-1 lead until they scored two more goals in the final three minutes of the game.
“We always expect their best,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “They were struggling a little bit when we played them last time. I didn’t really see much of a difference in their game. They create a lot and we definitely have to be ready. They always play well (in Pittsburgh). We have to make sure we’re at our best.”