7:00 PM

Mellon Arena
Listen to the game at [WXDX]

Welcome to those of you who have managed to avoid leaping off of the nearest bridge.
With the trade rumors and speculation about coaching changes that been swirling around in the past few days, you’d think the situation was completely hopeless.
It’s not like it’s the middle of February and the Pens are out of a playoff spot.
THAT situation would truly be hopeless and there would be no chance of recovering from that in any way.
At all.
Chris Kunitz is having abdominal surgery and will miss 4-6 weeks of action.
According to Empty Netters, “Kunitz was initially injured approximately three months ago and the ailment progressed gradually to the point that surgery is required to fix it.”
He’s expected to play with either Crosby or Malkin tonight.

Gonchar will miss the game as well.
He’s still listed as day-to-day with an injured right foot.
Brent Johnson will start for the Pens.
He’s 4-3 on the season.
The Pens lines as of the morning skate:
Pascal Dupuis – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Luca Caputi – Evgeni Malkin – Ruslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams/Max Talbot – Eric Godard
Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Mark Eaton – Alex Goligoski
Jay McKee – Martin Skoula
Brent Johnson
Dan Bylsma was discussing Talbot’s shoulder injury and how it’s affecting his play this season, so Max may be watching from the press box tonight, but that’s just speculation.

“It’s probably been in the back of his mind in terms of him getting to his game and having that edge, that grit that he plays with. You need to keep on the progress of strengthening and practice. Some of it’s testing it in games. Some of it is just getting stronger. It’s natural but that’s also a hard thing because he didn’t have a training camp.”

Dan Bylsma

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There is a high risk of encountering dick touchers at this point in time.
If you are planning on visiting Mellon Arena tonight, or associating with a large group of hockey fans, please be alert and take all necessary precautions to remain safe.
We request that all citizens remain vigilant and wait for further instructions from the Department of Dicktoucher Security.
Remember, if you see something, say something.
Do it.

Go Pens.