NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Winnipeg Jets

By Stephanie Lewark
Charles LeClaire – USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) and the Winnipeg Jets (1-1-1) will be broadcast on ROOT Sports – Pittsburgh and nationally on TSN. Face off is set for 8:00 pm (est).  This will be the first time Tanner Glass returns to Winnipeg in a black and Vegas gold uniform to play against his former team.  The Penguins acquired Glass from the Jets this past off-season.  This will also be captain Sidney Crosby‘s first trip to Winnipeg with the team.

Line combinations from today’s morning skate were as follows:

FORWARDS: Chris Kunitz-Crosby-Pascal DupuisTyler KennedyEvgeni MalkinJames NealMatt CookeBrandon Sutter-Glass, Eric TangradiJoe VitaleCraig Adams, (Dustin Jeffrey);

DEFENSEMEN: Brooks OrpikPaul MartinMatt NiskanenKris LetangDeryk EngellandBen LovejoyRobert BortuzzoSimon Despres; and the projected starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Tomas Vokoun

Yesterday, head coach Dan Bylsma shuffled lines around during practice moving Kennedy to the second line, Glass on the third line and Tangradi on the fourth, so it’s uncertain as to which lines will play tonight against the Jets.  And it appears that Lovejoy will be in the lineup tonight being paired with Engelland while Despres is scratched.

Kunitz has been wearing the alternate captain “A” on his jersey for alternating home and road games along with Orpik.

Jets defenseman, Zach Bogosian, and forward, Antti Miettinen, are both on injured reserve (IR) and out of the lineup for tonight’s game.  Bogosian has a wrist injury and Miettinen has an upper-body injury. 

And the team practiced with the following lines earlier today:

FORWARDS: Andrew LaddNik AntropovBryan Little, Evander KaneOlli JokinenBlake Wheeler, Alexei PonikarovskyAlexander BurmistrovKyle Wellwood, James WrightJim SlaterChris Thorburn;

DEFENSEMEN: Tobias EnstromDustin Byfuglien, Mark StuartRon Hainsey, Grant ClitsomePaul Postma (Zach Redmond); and Ondrej Pavelec is the projected starting net minder for the Jets. 

On a more personal note, Jets captain Andrew Ladd and his wife, Brandy, welcomed a baby boy into the world on Jan. 16 and named him Locklan Joseph Ladd.  CONGRATULATIONS to the new parents!

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for RantSports.com. If you enjoy her articles / posts, you can follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her personal Facebook page (via Networked Blogs), visit her personal Tumblr page, or stop by her Pinterest page.

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