Wednesday, January 28, 2009

[UPDATED] Pre-Game News

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[UPDATE]
Fleury will start in goal tonight for the Penguins.

[UPDATE]
Due to Cooke's 2-game suspension, the Penguins called up Chris Minard.

SIDNEY CROSBY
[UPDATE]
The Penguins recently announced that Crosby will play tonight.


Crosby's status for tonight's game is really unknown; however, he told reporters yesterday that he's optimistic he'll be able to return to the lineup for tonight's game against the NY Rangers and that there's no "lingering effects" from practicing on Monday.

Honestly, I don't see what the problem is here - he played the last two game before the all-star break (with TOI 25:55 and 20:23, respectively), Shero told him not to play in the ASG yet followed Bettman's rules and made an appearance (so everyone should be happy). Why can't / shouldn't he play tonight? I seriously don't see what the big deal is here.

RETURNING PLAYERS
Both Talbot and Dupuis will return to the lineup tonight.

"It's good news for our club," head coach Michel Therrien said. "We're finally getting healthy. We need to be healthy for the (playoff) push. It's a good start having Talbot and Dupuis back in the lineup."

"Everything feels great right now," Dupuis said. "We'll see (Wednesday) if I'm in (the lineup) but right now I was on a line. So that's a good sign."

ROB SCUDERI
Scuderi missed practice on Monday because he wasn't feeling well, but returned to practice yesterday. He said that he'll be good enough to be in the lineup tonight and Coach Therrien said it would be up to Scuderi.

"That's going to up to him," Therrien said. "We'll see how he feels (Wednesday). He hasn't been on the ice for a long time and missed practice (Monday). Obviously, he looked pretty good today. We'll see his energy level and if he's fine, he'll play."
BROOKS ORPIK
Yesterday was the second time Orpik skated before practice with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. He will definitely not play in tonight's game and is still listed as day-to-day, but his goal is to return on Friday against the NJ Devils.

MIKE ZIGOMANIS
IS MISSED!!

1 comment:

Molly said...

aww ziggy.
we want him back!