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Get a load of the Penguins’ lineup tonight vs. Toronto

Dec 16, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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Injuries and suspensions have tested Pittsburgh’s depth all season long, but Monday night’s projected lineup is…well, something else.

From the morning skate, here what the Penguins will roll out for this evening’s tilt against Toronto:

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Harry Zolnierczyk-Jussi Jokinen-Jayson Megna
Chris Conner-Brandon Sutter-Joe Vitale
Craig Adams-Zach Sill-Chuck Kobasew

On defense…

Matt Niskanen-Olli Maatta
Robert Bortuzzo-Brian Dumoulin
Simon Despres-Philip Samuelsson

The reasons for such an obscure lineup (truth time: I had to look up who the heck Zach Sill is) are injuries to Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Tanner Glass, Beau Bennett and Andrew Ebbett.

Meanwhile, Deryk Engelland is suspended indefinitely pending an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday and James Neal is in the midst of his five-game suspension for kneeing Brad Marchand.

Oh, and here’s a fun fact about tonight’s blueline, as per the Pens website:

Combined Despres (60), Bortuzzo (39), Maatta (34), Dumoulin (1) and Samuelsson (0) have played in 134 career NHL games.

Related: Hurting Penguins recall Samuelsson and Zolnierczyk, put Letang on IR

  1. runhigh24 - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Imagine where the Penguins would be if they had sent Maata back to Juniors and/or shipped off Niskanen for cap space this off-season. Yikes.

  2. chanceoffleury - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Nights like this are where, unlike baseball, all hockey teams require names on the back. I’m gonna drink every time I hear a rookies name. Should be interesting since Toronto’s pretty banged up too…

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Saw on twitter that some guys were (jokingly) lobbying for them to scratch the game tonight and just let Kessell and Crosby go one-on-one playing 3-bar, Mighty Ducks style haha. I would actually watch that too.

    • shamu1the1whale - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      I would watch that!

  4. killerpgh - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Scuderi and Glass skated with the team today. So they should be close to a return. On a side note it is fun to watch the young guys play and get a sense on were they are in their development.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      well these guys are playing for their livelihood at this point so they should be leaving it all out there every shift. i dont mind seeing one or two new faces here and there but this is getting absurd. just kinda glad its happening now and not in march or april. every team goes through it, some have dealt with worse timing or had the injury bug to a more severe degree in the past but its not anything that cant be overcome. bones heal…a healthy lead in the standings and a relatively easy stretch of schedule in december makes it easier to swallowl (tor, nyr, min, cal, ott, car, clb, njd).

  5. hawksin5 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    don’t forget Neal is suspended still, right?

  6. steelhammer92 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    This has been happening for the past several years now. There’s always a stretch in the season where they are absolutely destroyed by injuries, and they end up dressing half of their AHL team for games.

    • c9castine - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      the pens do nothing but win now matter who is in the lineup. pretty awesome.

  7. killerpgh - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

  8. blackandorangeforlife - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    So what Pens Veteran gets suspended tonight?

  9. steelers88 - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Glass and Scuderi should be back soon. I don’t think Malkin will be out to long since it’s only a minor injury.

  10. steelers88 - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    If Crosby carries the team this week he deserves to win MVP. Also the Penguins are going to be scary when they get everyone back healthy.

  11. bencia823 - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    If the NHL operated like a soccer league, the Wilkes Barre Penguins would probably be promoted to the NHL ranks after this season lol

  12. billyblackout - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Pens still have 87 and 29.. No worries.

  13. bobc74 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    One can only imagine how the season would have turned out if the Steelers had this many “pro-ready” backups stashed on the practice squad.

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