Saturday, December 20, 2008

Pre-Game News

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MAX TALBOT
Talbot will be in the lineup tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I’m ready go,” Talbot said. “Definitely, I’m going to play tonight.”

“You come back from a little injury and you want to play,” Talbot said. “You want to perform when you play against Toronto, which is always fun games. It’ll definitely be good.”
EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS is that Talbot was signed to a 2-year extension yesterday taking him through the 2010-2011 season (the first season in the new Consol Energy Center)!

“I think there’s no better place to play hockey than in Pittsburgh,” Talbot said. “It’s so fun to be a part of this hockey team and to be a part of this town. It’s a great place to play. It’s a great place to live and I made it my second home.”
MIKE ZIGOMANIS / PASCAL DUPUIS
Zigomanis remains out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury he suffered on December 3rd and Dupuis will miss his first game since leaving the game last Thursday against the Atlanta Thrashers with an undisclosed injury. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

JEFF TAFFE
Taffe is expected to replace Dupuis on the top line with Sid and Satan for tonight's game.

RYAN WHITNEY
Whitney was sent down to the Penguins AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Baby Pens to rehab before returning to the lineup. He'll debut tonight against the Albany River Rats before making his NHL debut on the "target date" set for Tuesday, December 23rd against the Tampa Bay Lightning (and I'LL BE THERE!!)!

"We're targeting the game against Tampa Bay," Therrien said. "We'll work with that plan."

“It’s good to get back playing,” Whitney said. “You just get sick of watching and just coming in and practicing every day. It’s good to get back into games.”
BABY BLUES
Today is the second game that the Penguins will be wearing their baby blue alternate jerseys / uniforms (the next game date will be Saturday, December 27th against the Montreal Canadiens).

ALTERNATE GOALIE GEAR
Fleury will be starting in goal tonight for the Pens, but will not be wearing his new mustard yellow goalie pads, blocker and gloves since he said he feels they're still too stiff and wants to break them in a little more. He'll have another week for doing just that before the next alternate jersey game date on Saturday, December 27th.