CRANBERRY TWP (93.7 the Fan) – Following their best team performance of the season, the Pens practiced for about an hour before hosting the Islanders again Saturday night.
Defenseman Juuso Riikola back to practice. He skated full with the team but in a non-contact jersey. Riikola hasn’t played since January 19 when he suffered an upper-body injury against the Caps.
Pens ran with the same lines at practice Friday as they used in the game on Thursday with Kasperi Kapanen on the top line.
Guentzel - Crosby – Kapanen
Rust – Malkin - Zucker
Aston-Reese - Blueger – Tanev
O’Connor – Jankowski – Lafferty
*Sceviour worked in
*Riikola worked in
Taxi Squad change
Pens changed up the Taxi Squad by sending forwards Frederick Gaudreau and Anthony Angello to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton along with goaltender Maxime Lagace.
Forwards Jordy Bellerive and Josh Currie with goalie Emil Larmi join the Taxi Squad.
The 21-year-old Bellerive scored two goals in three games in the AHL this year and played 59 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Currie is a veteran with little NHL experience, 21 games and 5 points. He signed with the Pens in October in 2020 and is the WBS captain. He also has two goals in three games in the AHL this year.
A native of Finland, Larmi split time between the AHL and ECHL last year and is 1-1-1 this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.