In Pittsburgh, two struggling teams are on the ice tonight. The injury stricken Pens battle the inconsistent Columbus Blue Jackets. The last time these teams played, Dubinsky sustained a suspension by cross-checking Sidney Crosby. Tonight, there is no Crosby, Fleury, and Letang for Pitt; however, the Pens hired Mike Sullivan and acquired Trevor Daley from Chicago for Rob Scuderi. For Columbus, Nick Foligno is out and Rene Borque is in.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Boone Jenner – Ryan Johansen – Brandon Saad
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell – Alexander Wennberg – Rene Bourque
Gregory Campbell – William Karlsson – David Clarkson
Jack Johnson – Ryan Murray
Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout
Andrew Bodnarchuk – Justin Falk
Injured: Nick Foligno (undisclosed), Kevin Connauton (undisclosed), Cody Goloubef (broken jaw), Markus Hannikainen (shoulder), Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), David Savard (lower body)
Scratched: Jared Boll
David Perron – Evgeni Malkin – Phil Kessel
Conor Sheary – Nick Bonino – Chris Kunitz
Sergei Plotnikov – Scott Wilson – Patric Hornqvist
Eric Fehr – Matt Cullen – Bryan Rust
Olli Maatta – Trevor Daley
Brian Dumoulin – Ben Lovejoy
David Warsofsky – Adam Clendening
Injured: Sidney Crosby (lower body) Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Beau Bennett (upper body), Kris Letang (upper body)
Scratched: Kevin Porter, Ian Cole
Players to Watch
1. Brandon Dubinsky. Duber likes playing against Pittsburgh. Expect a big performance out of him tonight.
2. David Perron. A talented winger that JK knows well from back in St. Louis; he can score and was on a role early in his Penguins career. Hopefully, he can find his grove.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come.…