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Pens Report: 3.7.17

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

After a day off on Monday, the Pens practiced on Tuesday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex before getting on a flight to Winnipeg.

Marc-Andre Fleury was the only expected player missing, with manager of youth hockey Mike Chiasson skating as the second goalie. Kris Letang and Bryan Rust were also absent.

"He wasn't feeling well," Sullivan said of Fleury. "So we just kept him home, tried to keep him away from the group at this point."

Sullivan said that Fleury will be making the road trip, while Letang and Rust will stay back.

* This five-game, nine-day road trip that starts in Winnipeg and goes through Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Philadelphia will be a season-long stretch for the Pens, topping their visit to California back in late October and early November.

The players admitted that a little more thought goes into packing for a trip like this.

"I brought my big suitcase this time, I've never used it," Matt Murray said with a smile. "That tells you it's a long one."

A trip like that this late in the season will be a challenge, and it's one that the Pens are embracing.

"It's a good test for us for playing some good teams on this trip and some desperate teams that are fighting for playoffs," Sidney Crosby said. "We need to be at our best. Road games are where we want to improve on, as far as looking at how we have done all year."

* The Pens used the same lines they started Sunday's 4-3 win over Buffalo with…

Kunitz-Crosby-Sheary

Hagelin-Malkin-Kessel

Guentzel-Bonino-Hornqvist

Kuhnhackl-Cullen/Rowney-Wilson

(Cullen was fixing his skates on the bench so Rowney took a few reps).

* We thought that new Pen Mark Streit had gotten pranked this morning despite his veteran status. It looked like his teammates had either put tape on his skate blades or taken them off completely, which resulted in him taking a spill when he took the ice. But we jumped to conclusions, as it turns out Streit just grabbed the wrong pair of skates from his stall that didn't have steel on them. Sorry, guys.

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