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IN! Jake Guentzel & Jason Zucker Will Play vs. Kraken

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jake Guentzel, Rickard Rakell

SEATTLE — After a more than week-long absence after he was hit by teammate Kris Letang’a shot last Thursday, Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel could return to the lineup Saturday against the Seattle Kraken.

Jason Zucker, who skated in a non-contact jersey on Friday, is also a game-time decision, according to Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

UPDATE: Both will play Saturday in Seattle. Guentzel will resume his usual role beside Sidney Crosby on the Penguins top line. Zucker will resume his role beside Evgeni Malkin on the second line.

Jake Guentzel, the Penguins‘ top LW, has been skating in a non-contact jersey since Sunday when he joined the team after practice in Edmonton. The stitches in his ear have been visible. He has five points (3-2-5) in four games this season.

He was cleared for contact on Friday and wore a full-contact sweater, but did not play against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Zucker was injured against the Edmonton game on Monday. He has six points (1-5-6) in six games this season. The winger, who has struggled with injuries since joining the Penguins in Feb. 2020, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Donny D
Donny D
1 month ago

This’ll be buried but I haven’t seen it discussed much…. When someone is out, there is not a single line change, but cascading line changes. For example, Geno is now playing with two wingers he hasn’t been playing/practicing with this year. Happy is the lone holdout on the third line. Last year, ERod could be shuffled;ed into any line/position from the first to the fourth. But everyone seems to be playing with new linemates now, which can be discombobulating.

Knobman
Knobman
1 month ago
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…and it shows with their won-loss record.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
1 month ago

42 with a great pass on Seattle’s (official) second goal. Great stuff!

Saucier, again, best Penguin thru 2 periods.

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