After an off-day on Monday, the Penguins begin their on-ice preparations for the Tampa Bay Lightning this morning.
Pittsburgh will have two more skates before game 1, practicing this morning at 11:00 a.m., followed by tomorrow’s morning skate.
There is some good news on the injury front for the Penguins.
Word is the Penguins are fully expecting James Neal to be available to play this week. He’s been sidelined with a wrist injury.
Meanwhile, the storyline in this series is going to be all about whether Sidney Crosby plays or not.
While the Penguins, as expected, are being mum on his status, those in Lightning circles are fully expecting to see Crosby at somepoint in this series. Crosby is expected to go through contact drills at somepoint this week.
He will not play in game 1.
More to come after today’s practice