Pittsburgh Penguins Pregame: vs. Dallas Stars

By Troy Pfaff

The Pittsburgh Penguins (9-3-3) host the NHL-leading Dallas Stars (11-3-0) tonight at the Consol Energy Center in a battle of conference leaders.

Winger Tyler Kennedy is technically a game-time decision as he battles back from a concussion, but the Penguins are not expecting him to play. There is a better chance of Kennedy playing tomorrow night in Carolina.

The Penguins called up Eric Tangradi yesterday. Tangradi has been playing well with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, recording seven goals and 12 points in 12 AHL games.

Tangradi had a very underwhelming training camp prior to this season, but the team is rewarding his solid play with a short-term call up. Tangradi took line rushes this morning on the team’s fourth line with Craig Adams and Joe Vitale. 

Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal for the Pens, while the surprising Kari Lehtonen will mind Dallas’ net. Lehtonen is 11-1-0 this season with a 2.13 GAA and .936 SV%.

Here are Pittsburgh’s lines from the morning skate:

Steve Sullivan – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal

Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis

Matt Cooke – Richard Park – Arron Asham

Tangradi – Vitale – Adams

Brooks Orpik – Deryk Engelland

Paul Martin – Kris Letang

Alexandre Picard – Matt Niskanen

Game time is 7 PM and will be televised on Root Sports and NHL Network.

Let’s Go Pens.

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