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Penguins Practice: Jarry, Matheson Missing; Malkin Joins In

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Pittsburgh Penguins practice 4/15/22

In a morning-skate-like Pittsburgh Penguins practice Friday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex before an early-afternoon date Saturday against the visiting Boston Bruins, two prominent players were missing — goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Mike Matheson.

We hope to get updates from coach Mike Sullivan later. Both could just be rest/maintenance days after the Penguins clinched a playoff spot Thursday in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders.

Center Evgeni Malkin, who is halfway through a four-game suspension handed out by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a crosschecking incident, joined his teammates on the ice.

With all expected forwards on the ice, the lines looked the same from Thursday night:

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Rickard Rakell

Jason Zucker-Jeff Carter-Bryan Rust

Brock McGinn-Teddy Blueger-Danton Heinen

Evan Rodrigues-Brian Boyle-Kasperi Kapanen

Evgeni Malkin did not participate in line rushes.

Marcus Pettersson, who was scratched Thursday, filled in for Matheson on the top defensive pairing. They looked like this:

Marcus Pettersson-Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin-John Marino

Mark Friedman-Chad Ruhwedel

Practice goaltender Mike Chiasson filled in for Jarry.

Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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