A couple interesting developments at Penguins practice today.
First, as suspected, Penguins defensemen Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) and Brooks Orpik (groin) will not play tonight against the Maple Leafs. Michalek (right) injured his right shoulder in Monday's game against the Devils when he was hit into the boards by New Jersey forward Rod Pelley.
Orpik missed Monday's game due to a recurring groin ailment.
Their injuries will allow Andrew Hutchinson, recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton yesterday, to make his debut with the NHL Penguins.
Second, Mike Comrie appears to be demoted off the Penguins' top two lines for undisclosed reasons (PG+). Dan Byslma described him as a game-time decision. Despite playing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin this season, he has has no points and is a minus-1.
The lines at practice this morning (PG+):
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Max Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Comrie - Craig Adams - Mike Rupp/Eric Godard
Given how the Maple Leafs tend to pay a rough and tumble game, it's not impossible to see enforcer Eric Godard get his first action of the season.
Finally for the Penguins, injured forward Jordan Staal (foot) skated with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar prior to the team's practice (PG+).
Dan Bylsma's post-practice press conference:
For Toronto, goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is expected to get his first start of the season.
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