WBS Penguins @ Hershey 12/10

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tonight the Penguins battle the Bears at the Giant Center in Hershey, with the injuries mounting and call-ups at a premium. Way too many injuries/call-ups but a general overview:

NHL injuries: Crosby, Staal, Letang, Michalek, Lovejoy, Bortuzzo, Strait, Jeffrey, Park.

AHL call-ups: Despres, Williams

The lineup is getting thinner, especially on the blue line. Two defenseman have been added from the ECHL, that being Dan Henningson and Peter Merth.

Up front, the Penguins added ECHL sensation from Wheeling Chris Barton. Barton is tearing it up in Wheeling and was rookie of the month for his hard work.

As for tonight's game, it is going to be a battle for sure. Hershey comes in riding on a four game win streak. Both the Bears and Pens are tied for first place right now in the division (along with Norfolk) so expect a fight until the final horn sounds tonight.

Braden Holtby gets the start in net for the Bears. Danny Richmond will likely be the veteran scratch, with Kyle Greentree and DJ King out of the lineup also with injuries.

For the Penguins, the only roster player with any doubt as to his status is Zach Sill, who has missed the past few games. Everyone else is good to go. Scott Munroe is coming off the shutout so I would expect the Pens to ride the hot hand. But Brad Thiessen is more than a formidable starter in net as well.

Puck drops at 7. Updates on the blog's Twitter feed. Let's get up to 500 followers on the Twitter side tonight (this means shout outs and RT's are welecome!),


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