-Despite free agency losses and injuries, the Penguins' penalty kill keeps on ticking.
-“I don’t know how much more I’ll get out of sitting out any longer.” - Brooks Orpik on his injury status.
-Penguins defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot (above) made Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament.
-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek. A free agent signing in 2010, Michalek has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, Michalek appeared in 73 games, scored 19 points and led the team with 149 blocked shots. During that spring's postseason, he played in seven games and recorded one assist. In 2011-12, injuries limited Michalek to 62 games and 13 points and a team-leading 144 blocked shots. He appeared in six playoffs games in 2012 and recorded one assist. In the 2012 offseason , he was traded to the Coyotes in exchange for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie and a draft pick. He is still a member of the Coyotes. In 135 regular season games with the Penguins, Michalek had 32 points. In 13 postseason games, he recorded two assists.
-Happy 30th birthday to current Penguins forward Chris Conner. A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Conner has spent parts of three seasons over two stints with the Penguins. In 2009-10, Conner appeared in eight games and scored three points. During the 2010 postseason, Conner played in one game and failed to record a point. Last season, Conner set career highs in games (60), goals (seven) and points (16). During the 2011 postseason, he played in seven games and scored one goal. The following offseason, he joined the Red Wings as a free agent. Conner rejoined the Penguins this past offseason. This season, he has played in 15 games and has scored four points. In 83 career regular season games for the Penguins, Conner scored 23 points. In eight postseason games, he had one goal.
-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson. Acquired late in the 2002-03 season along with Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and Rico Fata in a deal which sent Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Samuelsson's Penguins' career amounted to 22 games and two assists that campaign. In the 2003 offseason, Samuelsson and two draft picks were traded to the Panthers for two draft picks, one of which was used to select Marc-Andre Fleury. Samuelsson is currently a member of the Red Wings.
-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Petr Klima. Acquired early in the 1996-97 season in a trade which sent a conditional draft pick to the Kings, Klima appeared in nine games and scored four points that campaign for the Penguins. He was released midway through the season. As a result, the Kings were forced to return the draft pick.
-After the Jump: Bruce Boudreau returns to Washington and Roberto Luongo is injured.