Gameday #13: v. New Jersey Devils



Consol Energy Center, 7:30PM, NBC Sports Network

Most importantly the Pens have placed Kris Letang on IR. Apparently he’s having groin problems which makes me think of the movie Goon.

Since there is a spot open the Pens recalled Joe Morrow. No idea if he’s playing today or not, Dylan Reese, a Pittsburgh native, looked very impressive yesterday despite the loss.

A few thoughts:

  • Obviously Tanger’s injury is more serious than we thought, that hurts.
  • Nisky’s been skating, but maybe he’s taken a step back in his rehab. Ankle sprains are brutal.
  • Simon Despres has impressed so much that they won’t look to trade him, rather they’ll look to set up a few showcase games for Morrow and try to make him the centerpiece of a deadline deal.

There has been an incredible Yinzer reaction to this news: most were disappointed when the Pens didn’t bring Morrow to camp this year. Now that he’s been called up everyone is mad claiming he’s not ready. Sounds about right.

As we said, don’t know if the Pens will run with Dylan Reese, a Pittsburgh native, or give Morrow the nod. Outside of that Vokoun will be in the cage, and the forwards will be unchanged.

So far this year the Pens have been playing less penalized hockey at home. The Pens need to get back to that game if they don’t want to end up on the wrong side of an 8 point swing.

Dig deep. Go Pens.

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