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Morning Skate Buzz

Prior to the morning skate, Ron Hainsey, Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley all skated going through individual on-ice workouts.

The one missing player was Evgeni Malkin who will miss his sixth straight game tonight and is also not participating in the main portion of the morning skate.

Is the Malkin injury is a little more serious than the Penguins have let on or is the team just being smart here and very cautious?


The Penguins lineup tonight vs the Flyers will see two lineup changes, Matt Murray starting in goal and Scott Wilson in for Josh Archibald. It’s been more than 10 weeks since Marc Andre Fleury made consecutive starts.

Lines
Sheary – Crosby – Rust
Cullen – Rowney – Kessel
Kunitz – Bonino – Hornqvist
Kuhnhackl – Sundqvist – Wilson

D-Pairs
Dumoulin – Schultz
Cole – Ruhwedel
Gaunce – Streit

Goaltender
Matt Murray


— Who is closest to returning among the players who skated prior to the morning skate?

The Penguins are optimistic of Ron Hainsey (upper body), Olli Maatta (hand), Jake Guentzel (concussion) all returning to the lineup before the playoffs begin and getting at least a couple games in.

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