the Penguins announced they recalled Chris Conner for tonight's game; Mike Comrie may be out of tonight's lineup due to an illness although he was on the ice this morning for the team's skate ... per the Pens webpage, "if Comrie isn't able to play, Conner's presence gives the team some flexibility."
Bylsma confirmed that Brent Johnson will be in the net tonight for the Pens; here's what HC Bylsma had to say about the goaltending situation:
I think the belief that Marc is going to play great hockey again is 100 percent from our guys and coaches. You can pinpoint the situation where Tim Thomas didn’t have the results and numbers where he didn’t play as much (last year), and then coming back and doing what he’s doing now. Those are things that you draw upon. You also draw upon your previous experience. Marc has had some difficult times in his career. I remember not knowing Marc-Andre Fleury and watching him when he was 18 years old and hearing the media talk about how he’s had some difficult times and he’s had some question marks. So he’s been able to deal with that and work through it to end up playing good hockey. That’s the belief, and Tim Thomas is another example of that happening to another good goalie.LINE COMBINATIONS (projected from this morning's skate)
Comrie-Conner-(Tom Fitzgerald - filling in)
defensemen were rotated
Marco Sturm (LW), knee - out until the end of Nov
David Krejci (C), head - day-to-day