The Pittsburgh Penguins will not have a full lineup, and won’t have the top of their lineup against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
The team announced during warmups that Sidney Crosby, defenseman John Marino, and forward Radim Zohorna are out with non-COVID illnesses.
Crosby has been on an MVP-like tear since he returned to the lineup in mid-November. Even after the re-integration process, Crosby has 72 points, including 26 goals in just 59 games.
In Crosby’s place, the Penguins elevated Evgeni Malkin to the top line with Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust. Jeff Carter slid back to center on the second line with Rickard Rakell and Evan Rodrigues.
Danton Heinen-Teddy Blueger-Kasperi Kapanen is the third line and Brian Boyle centered the fourth line with emergency callup Filip Hallander, and recent WBS Penguins recall Anthony Angello.
Marino has quietly anchored the Penguins’ second pairing this season. He played in all 71 prior games with 24 points (1-23-24).
Radim Zohorna figured to be a depth player but was not available for fourth-line duty, either.
The Pittsburgh Penguins trail the New York Rangers by four points in the Metro Division. The game on Thursday night at MSG is on ESPN+/Hulu only.
Hallander made his NHL debut.
It's officially rookie lap time! Welcome to the NHL, Filip Hallander! 👍 pic.twitter.com/9AB8p59BQt
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 7, 2022