Just a little over 3 months after winning the Stanley Cup in Detroit, the Pittsburgh Penguins return to the ice tonight for the pre-season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Mellon Arena. The game comes after just a couple days of training camp practice, being accelerated to accomodate the upcoming G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. This morning the Pittsburgh Penguins released the lineup for tonight’s game. Despite expectations that the Penguins would rest its stars, the lineup will include players such as Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Sergei Gonchar, and others. Most notable, the Penguins will put their top prospect, 6’4″ 20-year old winger Eric Tangradi, out on the top line with Sidney Crosby. While only a pre-season game, it will give the youngster a huge opportunity to show his skills and fight for a permanent spot on the Penguins’ roster.
The Penguins have reported the following lineup and line combinations for tonight’s game:
- Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, Eric Tangradi
- Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal, Ruslan Fedotenko
- Chris Connor, Dustin Jeffrey, Ryan Bayda
- Zack Sill, Joe Vitale, Eric Godard
- Simon Despres, Sergei Gonchar
- Mark Eaton, Deryk Engelland
- Jay McKee, Robert Bortuzzo
- Marc-Andre Fleury
- Brad Thiessen
Game time is 7:30PM. The game is not expected to be broadcast.