Penguins/Devils PREVIEW

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Penguins host the Albany Devils on Zach Sill bobble head tonight.

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Expected Starting Goalies

Brad Thiessen (WBS): 14-11-2, 2.64 GAA, .904 SV%, 4 SO
Jeff Frazee (ALB): 7-11-5, 2.50 GAA, .916 SV%, 0 SO

Breaking Down the Matchup

PENGUINS (6th - EAST): 3rd Place East Division, 38-28-2-2 = 80 points
Albany (10th - EAST): 3rd Place Northeast Division, 29-27-1-11 = 70 points

Leading Scorers

PENGUINS: Chad Kolarik (25G, 34A), Trevor Smith (21G, 25A), Riley Holzapfel (19G, 26A)
Albany: Joe Whitney (25G, 23A), Matt Andersen (13G, 29A), Steve Zalewski (10G, 28A)

The Penguins come into tonight's game 4-0-1 in their last five games. The Devils, meanwhile, find themselves five points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the conference with eight games left on their schedule.

Cody Wild has come in and played well since Robert Bortuzzo was recalled by Pittsburgh. Wild is a solid fit on the WBS blue line alongside Alex Grant, has been on this team for two years and knows the system well. 

Reid McNeill was recalled from Wheeling and will serve as the team's 7th defenseman. The Penguins also signed defenseman Harrison Ruopp to an entry-level contract and he is expected to join the AHL  Penguins.

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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