NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

Anthony Gruppuso – USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0) and the New York Rangers (3-3-0) will be broadcast on ROOT Sports – Pittsburgh and nationally on RDS and NHLN-US. Face off is set for 7:00 pm (est).

With how badly the Penguins have been playing especially on special teams, head coach Dan Bylsma mixed around the lines for the power play yesterday at practice.  According to the Penguins official webpage:

Evgeni Malkin moved to the right point, although during practice he floated down to the half wall as well. James Neal, who worked the point for the first six games of the season, is back to his old position down low. Defenseman Kris Letang moves to the left point with Sidney Crosby on the half wall and Chris Kunitz at the net.

The line combinations at yesterday’s practice were also mixed up as follows:

FORWARDS: Kunitz-Crosby-Pascal Dupuis, Dustin Jeffrey-Malkin-Neal, Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tanner Glass, Craig Adams-Joe Vitale-Tyler Kennedy;

DEFENSEMEN: Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin; Simon Despres-Letang; Deryk Engelland, Ben Lovejoy, and Robert Bortuzzo were rotated; and the projected starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Tomas Vokoun.

NEW YORK INJURY / LINE INFO

The Rangers will be without three players in their lineup tonight against the Penguins. Defenseman Michael Sauer is out with a concussion; captain, Ryan Callahan, suffered an arm / shoulder injury during the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers this past Tuesday (MRI shows he could be out about 2 weeks) and forward Chris Kreider is out with an ankle injury.

Henrik Lundqvist is the projected starting net minder for the Islanders tonight.

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