NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils
Tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins (36-10-0, 70 points) and the New Jersey Devils (18-18-10, 46 points) will be televised locally on ROOT Sports – Pittsburgh and nationally on NBC Sports Network. Face off is set for 7:30pm (est) at the Prudential Center.
Paul Martin and James Neal practiced with the team today, but head coach, Dan Bylsma, reported that its more likely for them to be in Saturday’s lineup, but that he won’t do it an the expense of their recovery.
The projected line combinations are based on this morning’s skate:
FORWARDS: Pascal Dupuis-Evgeni Malkin-Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow-Jussi Jokinen-Beau Bennett, Chris Kunitz-Brandon Sutter-Matt Cooke, Tanner Glass–Craig Adams-Tyler Kennedy; DEFENSEMEN: Kris Letang-Mark Eaton, Simon Despres-Deryk Engelland, Douglas Murray-Matt Niskanen, Paul Martin-Robert Bortuzzo.
The starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Marc-Andre Fleury.
NEW JERSEY INJURY / LINE INFO
The Devils will be without just one player tonight against the Penguins. That’s defenseman Bryce Salvador (wrist injury).
PROJECTED LINES -
FORWARDS: Alex Ponikarovsky – Andrei Loktionov – Ilya Kovalchuk Patrik Elias – Travis Zajac – David Clarkson Dainius Zubrus – Jacob Josefson – Steve Sullivan Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier; DEFENSEMEN: Andy Greene – Adam Larsson Anton Volchenkov – Marek Zidlicky Alexander Urbom – Peter Harrold.
Martin Brodeur is the projected starting net minder for New Jersey tonight.