Perron missed Saturday’s game with an illness and it doesn’t look like he will go tonight either. Monitor his status during pre-game warmups and if he does end up playing, expect him to skate with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist.
Letang suffered a concussion on a scary looking hit from Shane Doan on Saturday. We have learned this season that there is no way to determine how long a player will be out with a concussion and considering this is not Letang’s first, the Penguins will be extra cautious. This is a huge loss for the Pens heading into the playoffs. On Sunday they will play with just five defensemen, with Daniel Winnik serving as an emergency defenseman.
Letang expected to be held overnight at the hospital after leaving Saturday’s game.
Letang was hit by Shane Doan and it appeared as if his head snapped off of the boards. Letang had to be helped off of the ice and will remain in hospital and undergo further evaluation. It seems highly unlikely that Letang will be able to play tomorrow vs. San Jose.
Perron will not play this afternoon because of an illness.
There was no word prior to warmups that Perron was dealing with an illness, but he will sit this afternoon, so Patric Hornqvist will replace him on the first line. Perron has no points and is a minus-5 in his last five games. Monitor Perron’s status prior to Sunday’s contest.
Hornqvist (undisclosed) will be back in the Penguins lineup today.
Hornqvist missed the last five games with an undisclosed injury, but will be back in the lineup today vs. the Coyotes. Hornqvist has 55 points (23G / 22A) in 56 games this season and will play on a line with Sidney Crosby today, so make sure he is active in all formats.
Malkin has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury, but will return today vs. the Coyotes. While Malkin was out the Penguins went 1-4-1, so they will be pumped up to get him back in this afternoon. Malkin has 68 points (28G / 40A) in 63 games and he should make a sudden impact and should be deployed with confidence.
Hornqvist (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Hornqvist has missed the last five games but could return tomorrow vs. the Blue Jackets. It appeared in practice this afternoon that Evgeni Malkin is closer to returning than Hornqvist, but monitor his status tomorrow afternoon.
Malkin (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Malkin skated on on the Penguins second line in practice on Friday and said that there is a very good chance that he plays tomorrow vs. the Blue Jackets. Since it is an afternoon game, there will be no morning skate, so monitor Malkin’s status a few hours prior to puck-drop and during warmups.
Ehrhoff is not expected to resume practicing until next week, so he will miss both games of the Penguins back-to-back this weekend. It has been couple of months for Ehrhoff, who has appeared in just six games since the end of January.
Fleury allowed five goals on 28 shots in the Penguins loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday. Fleury has lost four of his last five starts while posting a 3.39 GAA and .890 SV%. Tonight he will face a Sharks team who will be looking to close out their road-trip on a three-game winning streak—they have scored nine goals in their last two games.
Greiss allowed one goal on 18 shots in the Penguins 2-0 loss to the Devils on March 17th. He has seen three starts and one relief appearances in March—he has gone 1-2-0 with a 1.43 GAA and .941 SV% this month. He makes for a great spot-start with a matchup against the Coyotes and their 29th ranked offence.
Fleury allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Penguins 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues on Tuesday. Fleury lost three of his last four contests while posting a 2.92 GAA and .907 SV%. Tonight will be his third start against the Hurricanes this season—he has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .932 SV% in the first two meetings.
Ehrhoff (upper-body) will not play on Thursday; listed as day-to-day.
Erhoff suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday and he will not play tonight vs. the Hurricanes. With Ehrhoff out, the Penguins will go with 11 forwards and six defensemen. His difficult, injury plagued season continues.
Malkin has mixed the last five games and is expected to miss his sixth on Thursday, however, it looks like Malkin could be back in the lineup for the Penguins back-to-back on the weekend. Monitor his status heading into the weekend.