No callup from Wilkes Barre on an emergency basis will be needed for tonight’s matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Max Talbot will be in the lineup tonight. Talbot suffered a bruise in yesterday’s practice, while Malkin continues to battle a bruised knee that is nagging him at times.
Both are participating in the morning skate and were on the second line with Matt Cooke.
There has been conflicting info regarding Malkin’s status tonight.
Pens Projected Lineup base off lines on morning skate
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Cooke – Malkin – Talbot
Conner – Letestu – Kennedy
Rupp – Adams – Asham
Orpik – Letang
Martin – Michalek
Goligoski – Engelland
Marc Andre Fleury
With 4 games in 6 nights, Brent Johnson has been scheduled to play at somepoint during this stretch that began on Thursday but Marc Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice I’m told.
Fleury will get the start.
*The Columbus Blue Jackets did not have a morning skate after losing to the Buffalo Sabres 5-0 last night. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports defenseman Marc Methot will return to the lineup tonight for Columbus. Methot has missed the past four games.
Goaltender Steve Mason is scheduled to start in goal for Columbus. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon took the loss last night.
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