East Division Showdown: NOR @ WBS

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

With the top three teams in the division separated by two points (WBS=65, HER=64, NOR=63) tonight's game between the Pens and Admirals has a lot on the line.

An Admirals regulation win puts them in first place in the division, with the Ads having all the tiebreakers (regulation wins, season series, etc.). If the Penguins win, they not only stay in first place but add some separation as well with Hershey idle.

For the Penguins, newly re-assigned Simon Despres will not play tonight but could play this weekend. Eric Tangradi was still tending to a family matter yesterday so his status is uncertain. Carl Sneep and Steve MacIntyre didn't practice yesterday and are day to day.

With three games this week and back to back road games on Friday and Saturday, expect Brad Thiessen to get the start tonight and Scott Munroe to get one of the games this weekend.

Expect Brad Thiessen vs. Dustin Tokarski in net tonight.

Projected lines:
McDonald - Lerg - Williams
Gibbons - Street - Thompson
Craig - Sill - Walker
DeFazio - Rust - Petersen

Bortuzzo - Strait
Picard - Mormina
Wild - Grant

Recap after the game. GO PENGUINS!


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