Defensemen Kris Letang will return to the lineup for the Penguins tonight. Letang has been sidelined with a shoulder contusion. It is also expected that Alex Goligoski and or Jay McKee will play tonight.
McKee was cleared by team doctors this morning and is scheduled to return to the lineup in the next few days.
To make room for them, the Penguins have re-assigned defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Deryk Engelland to Wilkes Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Engelland posted two assists and 17 penalty minutes in nine games with Pittsburgh.
In eight games with Pittsburgh, Lovejoy collected three assists and a plus-5 rating.
10:33 a.m. – Also of note, defenseman Alex Goligoski is skating this morning and has been given full clearance to play tonight. Based on the morning skate, it appears Goligoski will be in the lineup tonight and McKee will be held out for another game. Both players were full participants.
The Penguins host the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena. Face off is 7:38 p.m.