|Andrew Ebbett (left) and Brian Gibbons (right) look on during this morning's practice at The Ice Rink at Coal Street.|
Only forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond (lower body) was missing from practice today. He's listed as day-to-day. Defenseman Peter Merth resumed skating and came out before the main practice to shoot around, but left once the main practice began. Merth is still about a week or so away. Everyone else, including defenseman Harrison Ruopp, skated in full today.
Nick Drazenovic, who has missed the team's last three games, practiced again today and was the center on the third line. Drazenovic should be ready to go this weekend.
Here's an interesting stat to think about today, although I don't think it's the reason why the Penguins have cooled off after a fast start:
The WBS Penguins are a perfect 6-0-0-0 with Jayson Megna in the lineup. Since his departure to Pittsburgh, the AHL Penguins are just 2-3-0-2.Megna has been playing well so far this season, his second year of professional hockey. Megna has five points (3G-2A) in six games at the AHL level and three points (2G-1A), including his first NHL goal, in six games with the NHL Penguins. With injured forwards on their way back in Pittsburgh, Megna could find himself back in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) by the end of November.
The Penguins practice again tomorrow before traveling to Syracuse for Friday night's game up in New York. They will then travel home to host the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.
Zolnierczyk - Gibbons - Conner
Kuhnhackl - Ebbett - Kostopoulos
Carman/Zlobin - Drazenovic - Thompson
Uher - Sill - Farnham/Payerl
Despres - Samuelsson
Harrington - Dumoulin
Mikkelson - McNeill
D'Agostino - Ruopp
Deslauriers - Mannino