Penguins Host Admirals 1/4

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First off, I want to congratulate Simon Despres and Colin McDonald on their all star nominations. The AHL All Star Rosters were released today. Despres had just been sent down from Pittsburgh, but a top notch prospect that certainly would have had better numbers in the AHL had he stayed in WBS all season long. McDonald, on the other hand, is the Penguins' leading scorer.

Now for tonight's game, another East Division battle as the third place Penguins (41 points) host the second place Norfolk Admirals (42 points). 

Should be Brad Thiessen vs. Dustin Tokarski in net as Penguins beat writer Jonathan  Bombulie reported yesterday at practice that Scott Munroe is out of the lineup with what coach John Hynes described as "a minor lower body injury."

With Simon Despres back the strength of the lineup is probably the best the Pens have had all season. Should look something like this tonight:

McDonald-Lerg-Walker, Picard-Strait  Tangradi-Street-Williams, Despres-Samuelsson

The bottom half of the lineup is interesting because two forwards will have to sit as healthy scratches. I would expect the two will come down to Paul Thompson, Ryan Schnell, Nick Petersen, Brian Gibbons and Matt Rust.  Peter Merth should be the 7th defenseman tonight.

In-game updates on Twitter tonight as usual with the recap on the blog shortly after tonight's game.



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