Penguins/Admirals PREVIEW

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Another East Division battle as the Penguins take on the Norfolk Admirals tonight at 7:15 EST. The Admirals recent surge has left them just two points out of a playoff spot entering tonight's game. The Penguins look to keep pace in the conference and look to close within one point of 5th place Portland. 

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Expected Starting Goalies

Jeff Zatkoff (WBS): 22-19-0, 1.99 GAA, .919 SV%, 3 SO
Frederick Andersen (NOR): 20-14-1, 2.14 GAA, .931 SV%, 3 SO

Breaking Down the Matchup

PENGUINS (7th - EAST): 3rd Place East Division, 36-28-2-2 = 76 points 
Norfolk (9th - EAST): 5th Place East Division, 33-29-4-1 = 71 points

Leading Scorers

PENGUINS: Chad Kolarik (25G, 32A), Trevor Smith (20G, 25A), Riley Holzapfel (17G, 26A)
Norfolk: Patrick Maroon (21G, 22A), Sami Vatanen (8G, 35A), Devante Smith-Pelly (11G, 17A)

For the Penguins, Robert Bortuzzo has been re-assigned to the NHL Penguins after what Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said would be three games for Bortuzzo to get in some ice time before the NHL trading deadline.  With Bortuzzo back up, Cody Wild will move back onto the third pair with Alex Grant. Reid McNeill was recalled from Wheeling and will serve as the team's 7th defenseman.

Beau Bennett is still with Wilkes-Barre and reportedly made the trip to Norfolk. It is likely that the Penguins will still add Bennett to their NHL club after Wednesday's trade deadline.

The injured list has just two names on it. Phil Dupuis has been out of the lineup since missing the game against Norfolk on January 15th. Tom Kuhnhackl is out for the season as he had shoulder surgery after injuring his shoulder on December 1st. 

Injured list: Tom Kuhnhackl (shoulder surgery - out for season) and Phil Dupuis (out indefinitely since 1/15)

Healthy Scratches: Clark Seymour, Reid McNeill, Christian Minella, Dominik Uher and Steve MacIntyre

Expected lineup:

Holzapfel - Smith - Kolarik
Bennett - Gibbons - Thompson
Collins - Peters - Payerl
Farnham - Sill - Megna 

Reese - Dumoulin
Mormina -Samuelsson
Grant - Wild


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