Ben Lovejoy and Deryk Engellands’ time in the Penguins top 6 rotation will soon be coming to an end.
Defenseman Kris Letang could return to the lineup as early as Saturday night against the New York Rangers and defenseman Jay McKee (finger infection) is just “days” away from returning to the lineup.
McKee skated today for the second consecutive day.
McKee is scheduled to return to the lineup Monday night against the Rangers.
As expected Brent Johnson will start in goal for the Penguins this afternoon against the New York Islanders.
Penguins @ Islanders Pre-game Notes
The Islanders are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and a surprising 9-9-7 through 25 games. Goaltender Dwayne Roloson will start in goal for the Islanders.
Winger Matt Moulson, a former Penguins draft pick, leads the Islanders with 11 goals. Rookie John Tavares leads the Islanders with 20 points.
Moulson – Tavares – Hunter
Bergenheim – Nielsen – Okposo
Sim – Bailey – Tambellini
Thompson – Park – Jackman
Sutton – Hillen
Streit – Gervais
Witt – Meyer
Penguins Notes: Center Evgeni Malkin was given a day off yesterday but will play today against the Islanders.
Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang each traveled with the team but both players will be held out of today’s game.
Max Talbot will remain on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin.