The Penguins and Whale haven't played each other since the Pens' 2nd game of the season, a 1-0 shootout loss back on October 9th, but they will butt heads tonight at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.
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For the Whale, be on the lookout for Kris Newbury, Mats Zuccarello and pest Sean Avery, who is currently in the AHL. Newbury leads the Whale in goals (15) and assists (24). Zuccarello is an AHL all star with 23 points (8G-15A) in 19 games. Avery has registered a goal, an assist and 25 PIM in six games with the Whale this season.
For the Penguins, Carl Sneep might be able to play tonight. That would make one defenseman a healthy scratch (Samuelsson or Wild). Brian Gibbons was the healthy scratch at forward on Wednesday night. Expect Brad Thiessen to start in net tonight, after Munroe was pulled Wednesday night. Here's what the lineup looked like Wednesday and should look like tonight:
Paul Thompson - Ben Street - Colin McDonald
Eric Tangradi - Bryan Lerg - Jason Williams
Ryan Craig - Zach Sill - Geoff Walker
Brandon DeFazio - Matt Rust - Steve MacIntyre
Robert Bortuzzo - Brian Strait
Cody Wild - Alex Grant
Joey Mormina - Philip Samuelsson