|Carl Sneep is the team's top defensemen tonight.|
Pittsburgh is without many top players such as Sidney Crosby (concussion symptoms), Jordan Staal, Richard Park, Dustin Jeffrey, Kris Letang, Zbynek Michalek, Ben Lovejoy, Robert Bortuzzo, and Brian Strait.
This has caused some trouble for the AHL Penguins, especially on defense. With Strait and Bortuzzo hurt in Pittsburgh and Simon Despres and Alexandre Picard on recall, two ECHL defensemen are getting a crack at the lineup. Those being Dan Henningson and Peter Merth. They join Carl Sneep, Philip Samuelsson, Cody Wild and Alex Grant as the only six healthy defensemen on the WBS roster.
Joey Mormina didn't practice yesterday and will not play tonight. He received a high hit in Binghamton at the very end of the game and has not played since. Boris Valabik is still skating and might make his WBS debut this weekend, but is out for tonight as well.
Up front, Jason Williams was again called up to Pittsburgh and his roster spot will be replaced by Chris Barton, who was recently signed to an AHL contract.
This on Barton from the team's presser:
Barton has registered 26 points (15g-11a) over 21 games during his rookie season with the Nailers. He leads all ECHL first-year players in points and ranks third overall with 15 goals scored. The 24-year old native of Calgary, Alberta is the reigning ECHL Rookie of the Month after compiling seven goals and eight assists in 10 games during the month of November.So now that all the player movement is out of the way, the Penguins host the Binghamton Senators tonight at 7:05 p.m. Follow the blog's Twitter feed for live in-game updates as I will be in attendance at tonight's game. Recap will be up shortly following the conclusion of tonight's game.