The Pittsburgh Penguins will not have center Teddy Blueger in the lineup on Thursday night against the Boston Bruins, but they may get some good news before puck drop.
According to head coach Mike Sullivan, winger Brandon Tanev is a game-time decision. Tanev was assessed a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct penalty during the last meeting between the Penguins and Boston on March 17. Tanev slammed Bruins defenseman Jared Tinordi into the boards with an open-ice hit.
The Penguins felt it was clean. Boston and the officials felt differently. Tanev has not played since March 18. He was a late scratch in the Penguins following game and has not dressed.
Tanev returned to Pittsburgh Penguins practice on Wednesday as a full participant. Sullivan said Tanev also participated in the optional morning skate on Thursday.
Typically, the Penguins announce roster moves at 5 p.m. on game days. So, if the Penguins recall players to the taxi squad or demote players, we may get an indication of Tanev’s status then.
Sullivan said Teddy Blueger would not be available on Thursday. Along with Malkin, Blueger was injured during the previous two-game set against Boston and has not played since.
Sullivan also said the goalie Tristan Jarry, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, is with the team on the Penguins road trip. The Penguins begin a six-game road trip on Thursday in Boston. The trip consists of two games in Boston, two games against the New York Rangers, and concludes on April 11 with the second of two games in New Jersey.
The Penguins currently trail MassMutual East Division-leading Washington by two points and have a 10-point lead on the fifth-place Philadelphia Flyers for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are seven points ahead of Boston but have played four more games than the Bruins. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Thursday.