EATON WILL PLAY TONIGHT according to the Penguins webpage.
LINE COMBINATIONS (from the morning skate)
Eaton feels that his knee is strong enough to return to the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, but it hasn't yet been set in stone.
"I'll make myself available," he said.MAINTENANCE DAY
"(Monday) was another step in battle level," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "Competitions one-on-one, he did some battling in the corner. ... It looked like he was 100 percent in practice, so we’ll see how he responds."
"It's about testing it out and making sure it can deal with the physical play and the skating," he said. "I've tested it out a lot the last three days and it's held up well. It feels good. I feel like I'm ready to go. I feel like I'm ready to get back into the full swing and play a full schedule. If it's up to me, I'd say I'm ready for back-to-backs. But a lot of times it's not up to me."
Yesterday, both Kunitz and Goligoski did not participate in practice and HC Bylsma reported that it was just the typical maintenance day and he expects them to be in the lineup tonight.
LINE COMBINATIONS (projected)
PENS BATTLE THE WEATHER
The team hit a little snag on their way to Buffalo yesterday. Their bus was only a few blocks from the hotel and it got stuck in the snow-covered streets. The coaching and support staff actually got out and pushed from the rear of the bus to get the wheels moving again and the Penguins webpage posted pics to prove it (what a great bunch of guys!)!!
Buffalo Injury / Line Info
- Derek Roy (F), upper body injury - day-to-day (expected to be out of the lineup tonight)
- Patrick Kaleta (F), leg injury suffered during Sunday's game - day-to-day
- Nathan Gerbe (F), strained groin - out of the lineup since December 11th