Tonight the Penguins (6-3-1) will host their second and final Western Canadian team on their mini two game home stand as the Winnipeg Jets (4-3-0) come to town at 7:00PM.
The Penguins are coming off a thrilling 2-1 overtime win against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, thanks largely in part to Matt Murray and Phil Kessel. Incase you missed it, Evgeni Malkin sprung Phil Kessel with an amazing saucer pass just 48 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins the win.
Though the Penguins got the W, it came at a price. Justin Schultz is still in concussion protocol and is doubtful for tonight's game. Defenseman Zach Trotman was recalled and will likely play his first game as a member of the Penguins tonight. In addition to Justin Schultz, Matt Hunwick is also doubtful with a concussion that he. Forward Carter Rowney was officially diagnosed with a broken hand and is expected to miss roughly four weeks. So yeah, the injury bug has officially hit the Penguins.
The Penguins will play a very well rested Winnipeg Jets team. The Jets have not played since last Friday where they beat the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-3. Tonight they play the Penguins tonight then travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets tomorrow night. Speaking of playing, the Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, and Blake Wheeler are all tied with eight points on the season. Ehlers leading the team in goals with six. Sophomore ego maniac Patrik Laine is fourth on the team in points with six and currently has four goals and two assists.