Here are a few things to know heading into tonight's preseason contest at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Blackhawks at CONSOL Energy Center…
-The game is airing on the CW Network (check your local listings). ROOT Sports' own Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey will be on the call. Fans can also listen to all of the action on the Pens' flagship radio station 105.9 'The X.' Josh Getzoff will be calling the action alongside Phil Bourque, the 'Ol 20er.
-The Pens used the following lines at morning skate…
Fleury is staring in goal.
-One of the biggest areas of competition in training camp will be on the blue line. There is open competition for the No. 6 spot among the defensive corps. And four blueliners vying for that position are in the lineup tonight: Derrick Pouliot; Justin Schultz; David Warsofsky; and Steve Oleksy. Tonight is an opportunity for each of them to show what they can do.
"I want to be a little better overall," Pouliot said about improving on his first preseason contest. "I was a little shaky with the puck and some decision making. I'll try to be more assertive and really take charge on the ice."
For a guy like Warsofsky, his ability quarterback the power play could give him an advantage among the other defensemen. "The staff does a good job of putting you in positions that your comfortable with and can succeed in. If you're playing power play, like I am, you want to do well in those positions and showcase that side of my game."
"We like his mobility, ability to get back for pucks quickly," head coach Mike Sullivan said of Warsofsky. "His vision, his ability to make that first pass. We like all of those aspects of his game. We think he can help us. He's also a guy we can utilize on the power play because he has good offensive instincts."
-With several forwards still missing due to participation in the World Cup of Hockey, some forwards have gotten a longer look and even more game action. One such player is Jake Guentzel, who has played in all three postseason contests thus far.
"It gives you confidence when you can play every game," Guentzel said. "I'm justing taking it day by day, see what happens. I'm just trying to make an impact."
-Lukas Bengtsson and Tim Erixon are currently battling illnesses. The coaching staff is optimistic that forwards Matt Cullen and Oskar Sundqvist will play in a preseason game. They are less optimistic, but hopeful that Bryan Rust will appear in a game.