-Center Evgeni Malkin will miss the next two games due to a "lower-body" injury.
-The Penguins recalled center Oskar Sundqvist (above) from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. To make room for Sundqvist, center Eric Fehr (lower body) was placed on injured reserve. Sundqvist, 21, has appeared in 39 AHL games this season and has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists).
-EN Says: With Malkin, Fehr and center Nick Bonino each injured, the Penguins only have three healthy forwards who can play center in Sidney Crosby, Matt Cullen and Kevin Porter. With AHL all-star Dominik Simon injured, Sundqvist is the next man up. Sundqvist is a big body (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) who plays an honest hard game. He won't light the lamp a great deal but he's not afraid to mix things up physically.
-Head coach Mike Sullivan speaks:
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Matt Murray is expected to return to the lineup Friday after missing two games due to a "lower-body" injury.
-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins center Jan Hrdina. A fifth-round pick in 1995, Hrdina spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1998-99, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 42 points. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in 14 games and scored five points. He followed that up in 1999-2000 by playing in 70 games and collecting 46 points. In nine postseason games that spring he scored 12 points. During much of 2000-01, he centered a line with right winger Jaromir Jagr and center Mario Lemieux and scored 43 points in 79 games. In the 2001 postseason, he appeared in 18 games and contributed seven points. Hrdina played in 79 games in 2001-02 and set career highs in goals (24) and points (57) while leading the team with six game-winning goals. After 57 games and 39 points in 2002-03, Hrdina was traded to the Coyotes along with defenseman Francois Leroux in exchange for left wingers Ramzi Abid, Guillaume Lefebvre and defenseman Dan Focht. In 366 career regular season games, Hrdina scored 227 points, 36th-most in franchise history. In 40 postseason games, he scored 24 points.
Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jean-Guy Lagace. Originally acquired earlier in the 1968-69 season in a deal which sent defenseman Larry Hillman to the Canadiens, Lagace spent parts of four seasons over two separate stints with the team. He finished that season by playing in 17 games for the Penguins and recording one assist. After spending all of 1969-70 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, he was claimed by the North Stars in an intra-league draft in the 1970 offseason. Midway through the 1970-71 season, he was re-acquired from the Sabres in a deal which sent Terry Ball to Buffalo. He finished that season by playing in 31 games for the Penguins and scoring six points. The 1973-74 campaign saw him play in 31 games and score eight points. After 27 games and nine points in 1974-75, Lagace was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with goaltender Denis Herron in exchange for goaltender Michel Plasse. In 106 games with the Penguins, he scored 24 points.
-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins center Kris Beech (right). Acquired in the 2001 offseason along with center Michal Sivek and defenseman Ross Lupaschuk in one of the biggest trades in franchise history which sent right winger Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Franticek Kucera to the Capitals, Beech spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins over two separate stints. In 2001-02, Beech appeared in a career-high 79 games and scored 25 points. He followed that up in 2002-03 by playing in 12 games and recording one assist. During 2003-04, he was limited to four games and one assist. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Beech was traded to the Predators in exchange for a draft pick. He returned to the Penguins midway through 2007-08 when he was claimed off waivers from the Capitals and appeared in five games while failing to record a point. In the 2008 offseason, he joined HV71 of the Elitserien in Sweden. He currently plays for the Belfast Giants in the United Kingdom's EIHL. In 100 games with the Penguins, he scored 27 points.
-After the Jump: More history for Jaromir Jagr.