Yesterday's hard-fought win in Philadelphia apparently extracted a significant toll on the Penguins. Forward BIll Guerin and defenseman Alex Goligoski will sit out tonight's game against the Rangers due to unspecificed injuries. Maxime Talbot, who has missed two games due to a "lower-body" injury, will also sit out tonight's game.
The great Martin Skoula will replace Goligoski in the lineup while forward Chris Conner (right) has been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to replace Guerin.
Conner has appeared in six games with the NHL Penguins this season and has recorded one assists. In 24 games with the AHL Penguins, Conner has recorded 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists).
In other Penguins news, Matt Cooke denied he bit Flyers forward Arron Asham.
Sidney Crosby was named the NHL's third star of the week behind goaltenders Brian Elliott of ottawa and Craig Anderson of Colorado.
In Rangers news, former Penguins forward Erik Christensen will be a healthy scratch tonight in place of enforcer Donald Brashear. And New York demoted goaltender Matt Zaba to Hartford of the AHL and recalled former Penguins goaltending prospect Chad Johnson to serve as Henrik Lundqvist's backup.
EN Says: Well that's not good. The power play has come to life a little bit as of late and Goligoski and Guerin are both regular components of that. But that said, we would hardly call either of them irreplaceable in that regard.
We're going to assume Mike Rupp gets promoted to the first line and Conner will get some time on the fourth line.
It'll be interesting to see how Skoula rebounds after he was essentially benched in a 7-4 home loss to the Flyers. He needs to shake off whatever funk he's been.
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