-Head coach Mike Sullivan said left winger Chris Kunitz (right) will play today. He left Thursday's game with 8:01 left in play after he fell on his lower back or backside. One player described his ailment as a "stinger."
-Sullivan said right winger Beau Bennett will be a game-time decision. He has been sidelined since suffering a right shoulder injury Dec. 14. With Kunitz absent from practice Friday, Bennett skated on the left wing of the first line with center Sidney Crosby and right winger Patric Hornqvist.
-Sullivan said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is starting. Sullivan would not get into whether or not tomorrow's postponed game impacted his plans with his goaltending rotation on back-to-back days.
-As mentioned before, tomorrow's Penguins-Capitals game in Washington has been postponed indefinitely with the Washington area a mess due to the snow. With the Capitals already postponing a game Friday against the Ducks, their schedule is messy. Additionally, the NBA's Washington Wizards have also posted a game. If you look at the Verizon Center's schedule, there aren't many open dates.
-It was messy getting into town today too:
The Parkway East or Hoth? pic.twitter.com/fFeuyA0SDp— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) January 23, 2016
-Sullivan was asked if there were any precautions taken for the players and staffers to get to the arena today.
"Drive safe. That's what I did."
-The Canucks had some minor issues getting to the arena today:
-Fittingly enough, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog is on scene:
Armed with a wonderful sense of timing, Punxsutawney Phil is here today: pic.twitter.com/ZIZEvbObiF— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) January 23, 2016
-Days like today really make us miss the Civic Arena. The snow would make it look like its nickname, The Igloo:
UPDATE: The Penguins' lines and pairings at today's warm-up were:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl - Eric Fehr - Bryan Rust
Kevin Porter - Matt Cullen - Beau Bennett
Olli Maatta - Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin - Trevor Daley
Derrick Pouliot - Ben Lovejoy
-Defenseman Ian Cole and Conor Sheary are scratched. Cole has not played well as of late (or all season really).
-Pouliot is making his season debut.
-The breakup of the Dumoulin-Lovejoy defensive pairing is interesting. Former head coach Mike Johnston liked to used them as a shut-down pairing. Sullivan doesn't seem to be big on match-ups.
-Daley gets a well-deserved promotion.
UPDATE TWO: Kunitz is scratched. Sheary is back in.
(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)