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.