Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pens - Islanders

The Pens will play the Islanders at home tonight at 7:30. Yesterday, Sidney Crosby left practice early with a sore groin. Coach Bylsma said Crosby has aches and pains and concern in the groin area and that it wasn't as good as Monday so he felt that Crosby should rest and get ready for tonight. He's probable according to Bylsma who said that they would see in the morning.

Matt Cooke and Ruslan Fedotenko returned to practice yesterday after they missed Monday's for a conditioning evaluation. Bylsma said that both looked good at practice yesterday and are expected to play tonight.

Another guy who expected to play tonight is Kris Letang. Bylsma said he was happy with the way Letang practiced. He would not say who Letang will replace in the lineup and said that they are waiting to make that decision until today.

Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal tonight. The Pens play five games in the next nine days and Bylsma said that he has not yet figured out how the goaltending will go during that time. He did say that Fleury is their number one guy and he is going to carry the load for the team.

The Pens obviously need to win this game against an Islanders team that is below them in the standings. Carolina, Buffalo, and Florida all lost last night, which is obviously a help for the Pens. The only thing the Pens can do is win as many games as possible and hope it works out in their favor and that starts with beating teams that are below you.

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