After dropping their first two games of the NHL preseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Chicago in search of win number one against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. Lineups for both squads will look a bit different with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal not making the trip for the Penguins, and Marian Hossa not playing for Chicago.
When and where: United Center (Chicago, IL); 8:00 pm/et (Root Sports in Pittsburgh area, CSN-CH in Chicago area)
Records: Penguins (0-1-1, 1 pt.); Blackhawks (1-0-0, 2 pts.)
Former Penguin alert: RW Marian Hossa, D Michal Rozsival, LW Brandon Saad (born in Pittsburgh area)
Penguins: D Brian Dumoulin (upper body), LW Bobby Farnham (lower body)
Blackhawks: RW Marian Hossa (upper body)
-Jonathan Toews, who has missed all of training camp and preseason, looks to make his 2013-2014 debut Friday night against the Washington Capitals.
-WBS Penguins announced their training camp roster this morning.
-No Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang, or Marc-Andre Fleury tonight for Pittsburgh.
-Along with Toews and Hossa, no Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, or Michal Handzus tonight for Chicago.
Penguins (via penguins.nhl.com):
14 Chris Kunitz (A)-87 Sidney Crosby (C)-12 Chuck Kobasew
22 Matt D’Agostini-16 Brandon Sutter-19 Beau Bennett
59 Jayson Megna-46 Joe Vitale-17 Dustin Jeffrey
33 Steve MacIntyre-38 Zach Sill-45 Adam Payerl
47 Simon Despres-2 Matt Niskanen/55 Philip Samuelsson
5 Deryk Engelland-51 Derrick Pouliot
41 Robert Bortuzzo-24 Brendan Mikkelson
92 Tomas Vokoun
37 Jeff Zatkoff
Blackhawks (via Mark Lazerus, Chicago Sun-Times):
29 Bryan Bickell-23 Teuvo Teravainen-88 Patrick Kane
10 Patrick Sharp (A)-14 Drew LeBlanc-28 Ben Smith
56 Terry Broadhurst-20 Brandon Saad-22 Jimmy Hayes
52 Brandon Bollig-16 Marcus Kruger-38 Ryan Hartman
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson-7 Brent Seabrook-8 Nick Leddy-17 Sheldon Brookbank
27 Johnny Oduya-43 Viktor Svedberg-49 Adam Clendening-55 Ryan Stanton
**There wasn’t any real pairings during the morning skate, so the defense will be made of these four who are playing tonight.**
39 Nikolai Khabibulin
31 Antti Raanta