Pens Take on the Crunch Tonight 12/16

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins look to keep pace in the East Division tonight as they battle the Syracuse Crunch up in New York at 7:30 p.m.

The roster took a hit this morning with the announcement coming from Pittsburgh that forward Eric Tangradi and defenseman Alexandre Picard have been called up.

What this means two of the following four forwards will be healthy scratches tonight: Matt Rust, Ryan Schnell, Paul Thompson and Chris Barton. That is if both Bryan Lerg (maintenance day) and Ben Street (sick) play tonight. Both missed yesterday's practice, but should be ready to go tonight.

Defensively, Boris Valabik and Joey Mormina will likely play at least one of the three games before Christmas break but I don't think that will be tonight. The other six defensemen have played pretty well in their absence. Just take a look at the defensemen that should be playing for WBS right now but aren't due to injury/recall:

Robert Bortuzzo (concussion), Brian Strait (upper body), Simon Despres (recall), Alexandre Picard (recall), Boris Valabik (knee), Joey Mormina (upper body)
Basically, only Carl Sneep was projected to play at the AHL level at the beginning of the season, of the defensemen left on the WBS roster currently.

In goal tonight will be Scott Munroe, who has been playing well lately. Brad Thiessen won 4-2 against Binghamton on Wednesday and will likely be in net tomorrow night at home against the Norfolk Admirals.

In-game updates tonight on the Twitter side with a full recap right here on the blog shortly after the game.

Go Penguins!


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