Here are a few things to know heading into tonight's preseason contest at 8:30PM ET against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center…
-The game is airing on NHL Network. Fans can also listen to the flagship radio station, 105.9 'The X.' My dearest friend Josh Getzoff is calling the action along with the 'Ol 29er Phil Bourque. Getzoff did a great job on last night's game in Detroit. And Bourquie is a legend.
- The Pens did not hold a traditional morning skate. Several players - Guentzel, G. Wilson, Dea - are appearing in back-to-back contests, so they were kept off the ice, instead doing some video work.
Since they didn't have the full compliment of players on the ice, the team didn't do any line rushes or defensive pairs.
Tristan Jarry will get the nod in goal.
- One player to keep an eye on tonight will be defenseman Trevor Daley, who will be playing his first competitive game since breaking his ankle in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. Daley has rehabbed all summer and feels like his ankle is as strong as ever. "I feel like I've been good for a while now. I'm not too worried or concerned about it," he said. "I'm excited to be back and have a real game that means something. I'm excited to play."
- Daley will be returning to Chicago to play against the Blackhawks, the team he started last season with until the Pens acquired him in a December trade. Daley already returned to play the Hawks in January, but it's always special to play against some former teammates. "Chicago was great. I enjoyed Chicago. It was a great city. I will always have friends there. The guys there are great guys. They'll always be friends. My time in Chicago was great for the most part. It turned out to be good."
- Daley is a 12-year NHL veteran, so he's been through quite a few training camps in his day. And his approach to playing in the preseason for the first time is to treat the game like it's a regular-season contest. "I've learned that you want to play it like it's a regular game. You want to go out there and do all the things you do on a regular night to get yourself into it. If you go easy, that's cause for something bad to happen. I'm looking at tonight, trying to prepare like it's a real game."
- Center Nick Bonino was back on the ice for practice after missing the previous two days. He took a shot off of his foot on Sunday, but was all systems go on Wednesday. Forwards Matt Cullen, Bryan Rust and Oskar Sundqvist are still being held off of the ice. "Those guys are all making progress. We expect them to join the group shortly," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "Sundqvist and Cullen are a little bit closer than Rust, but they're all making progress."