The Pittsburgh Penguins, as expected, will play shorthanded tonight with 17 skaters.
“Any time you’re playing with 11 forwards, you’ll mix your lines up a little bit just because of the situation,” Johnston said via pittsburghpenguins.com “I think on the road, it’s a little bit different as well. It gives a look that they may not be ready for as far as who’s playing with who and different shifts. And you can juggle. I thought last time, our top forwards managed their minutes well even though they were pushed into higher minutes. We have to use all of our bench tonight in a game where you’re playing one down and I think for most of our forwards, they’re pretty excited to get a little more ice time.”
Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal for the Penguins as Thomas Greiss is expected to start Saturday vs Arizona.
Fleury is 13-8-2 with a 2.63 GAA and .909 save percentage in his career vs Carolina.
WILL EHRHOFF LAND ON LONG TERM INJURED RESERVE?
With no cap space, will the Penguins consider placing Christian Ehrhoff on injured reserve?
If the Penguins placed Ehrhoff on IR he would have to sit out 10 games or 24 days.
That doesn’t appear to be the plan just yet.
The playoffs begin April 15th.
“He’ll be out several days. We’ll continually see every 24 hours how he reacts and what our doctors have to say when we get back to Pittsburgh,” Johnston said of Ehrhoff. “I’m not going to put a timeline on it until our guys give me a timeline. They haven’t given me a timeline yet. They just said we’ll check back with him in 24 hours and just see how it’s progressing.”
Without Johnston saying it, Ehrhoff is believed to be concussed again.