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

By Stephanie Lewark
Bruce Fedyck – USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins (26-8-0, 52 points) and the Winnipeg Jets (18-14-2, 38 points) will be televised locally on ROOT Sports – Pittsburgh. Face off is set for 7:00pm (est) at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The big news today is the acquisition of Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames; however, the Penguins still have a game to play tonight and Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury (as a back-up) will be a game-time decision against the Jets.  Fleury was on the ice skating today, which seems to be a good sign.  Newly acquired defensemen, Douglas Murray, will make his debut in a Penguins uniform tonight.

The projected line combinations based on this morning’s skate are as follows:

FORWARDS: Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyPascal Dupuis, Brenden Morrow-Malkin-James Neal, Matt CookeBrandon SutterTyler Kennedy, Tanner GlassJoe VitaleCraig Adams (Beau Bennett, Dustin Jeffrey);

DEFENSEMEN: Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin, Murray-Matt Niskanen, Simon DespresMark EatonDeryk Engelland (all rotated). The starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Tomas Vokoun.

The Jets will be without a number of players tonight against the Penguins. Forwards Anthony Peluso (upper body injury), Jim Slater (upper body injury) and James Wright (upper body injury); and defensemen Ron Hainsey (upper body injury), Zach Redmond (lower body injury) and Mark Stuart (upper body injury). Ondrej Pavelec is the projected starting net minder for Winnipeg tonight.

Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Olli Jokinen – Antti Miettinen
Chris Thorburn – Nik Antropov – Kyle Wellwood
Patrice Cormier – Alex Burmistrov – Eric Tangradi

Tobias Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
Grant Clitsome – Zach Bogosian
Derek Meech – Ron Hainsey

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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