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Expected Penguins Lines, Scouts, and Preview vs. Minnesota Wild

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The Pittsburgh Penguins (16-12-6) host the Minnesota Wild (17-14-2) at PPG Paints Arena, Thursday. The Penguins activated Dominik Simon off injured reserve late Thursday afternoon, and he will be in the lineup. The Penguins lines will have their full complement of forwards for the first time since later October.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan also confirmed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak suffered a concussion Wednesday when he fought Capitals forward Tom Wilson and Oleksiak will be out.

The Penguins earned a physical and emotional win over division rival Washington Capitals, Wednesday night. Defenseman Kris Letang played over 32 minutes, a career high. Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal and Bryan Rust scored the game winner. The Penguins have won three of their last four games.

The Penguins are in a points tie with the New York Islanders for third place in the Metro Division, though New York has a game and one win in hand on the Penguins.

Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild were shutout at home against San Jose, 4-0. Minnesota is three points back of Edmonton for the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

Eric Staal has been prolific against the Penguins. The center has 54 points (23g, 31a) in 53 career games against the Penguins.

Casey DeSmith is expected to start for the Penguins. DeSmith is 10-6-4 with a 2.49 GAA and .923 save percentage. Devan Dubnyk is expected to start for Minnesota. The big netminder is 12-11-2 with a 2.64 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Injuries

Penguins

Justin Schultz (Fractured leg. IR)

Minnesota

Matt Dumba

Special Teams

TEAMPower PlayPenalty Kill
Pittsburgh Penguins15.1% (11-73) 27th NHL92.2% (5-64) 1st NHL
Anaheim Ducks26.3% (20-76) 5th NHL86.3% (10-76) 3rd NHL

Scouts

St. Louis Blues

Boston Bruins

Carolina Hurricanes

New York Islanders

New York Rangers (local scout)

Penguins Lines

It is a bit of guesswork without a morning skate, the activation of Dominik Simon and the loss of Jamie Oleksiak.

LWCRW
Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Danton HeinenEvgeni MalkinKasperi Kapanen
Dominik SimonJeff CarterEvan Rodrigues
Brian BoyleTeddy BluegerBrock McGinn
LDRD
Brian DumoulinKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino
Mike Matheson Chad Ruhwedel
Goalie
Casey DeSmith
Tristan Jarry

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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