It looks like the Penguins will dress at least a similar line-up to the one that took down the Flyers, 5-2, Tuesday night when they play the second game of their 3-game set against Philadelphia tonight at PPG Paints Arena.
Coach Mike Sullivan says Sidney Crosby and assistant coach Todd Rierden remain in concussion protocol and, while defenseman Brian Dumoulin and forward Evan Rodrigues took part in the optional morning skate, neither is ready to return just yet.
Sullivan says fourth-line center Mark Jankowki, who was wasted by what the Pens felt was a late hit from Washington’s TJ Oshie last week, also skated and could return tonight. He will be a game-time decision.
Not much of a decision for Sullivan regarding his starting goaltender. Tristan Jarry, who has won 5 of his last 6 starts, will be in net after stopping 40 of 42 shots in Tuesday’s victory. After one back-to-back second period save sequence, the 2800 fans chanted “JAR-EEE JAR-EEE.” Jarry says, awww, shucks.
“I’m just trying to put forth my best effort to help the team win,” Jarry modestly said after the game. “That’s my mindset every game, just going out and trying to have a better game than the last one and give the team the best chance to win.”
After a rough start to the season, Jarry appears to have regained last season’s all-star form. Over those last 6 starts, Jarry’s goals against average is .937 which is more in line with the league’s stop goaltenders.