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Afternoon Hits: Malkin, Bouchard, Lecavalier, Erixon, Dumoulin, Hedman and Line Combos

  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Evgeni Malkin said he’ll play tonight.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers. Ryan Strome will join the Islanders if Bouchard is claimed or cleared.
  • Adam Kimelman: The Flyers have put Vinny Lecavalier on the IR and recalled Tye McGinn.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Tim Erixon.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins have recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from the AHL and put Brooks Orpik on the IR.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Jokinen-Malkin-Megna, Conner-Sutter-Vitale, Adams-Sill-Kobasew. Defensive pairings: Maatta-Letang, Engelland-Niskanen. Despres, Dumoulin and Bortuzzo rotated.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: MacArthur-Spezza-Condra;Michalek-Turris-Ryan;Greening-Smith-Neil and Kassian-Zibanejad-Conacher. Defensive pairings: Methot-Karlsson; Phillips-Corvo; Cowen-Wiercioch.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Palat-Johnson-St Louis; Killorn-Filppula-Purcell; Brown-Thompson-Kucherov; Crombeen-Tyrell (Pyatt)-Labrie (Panik).
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Bournival – Eller – Brière Moen-Prust-White/Parros. Defensive pairings: Markov – Subban, Gorges – Emelin, Murray – Diaz, Bouillon.
  • John Vogl: Sabres lines: Moulson-Ennis-Girgensons, Foligno-Ott-Stafford, Adam-Hodgson-D’Agostini, Scott-Leino/McCormick-Flynn. Buffalo Sabres: Sabres penalty killing lines: 1st unit. McCormick-Flynn. Sulzer-Pysyk. 2nd unit. Girgensons-Adam/D’Agostini. Weber-Tallinder.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin; Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt; Cole-Horcoff-Chiasson/Sceviour; Whitney-Jeffrey-Peverley. Defensive pairings: Goligoski-Dillon; Benn-Gonchar; Connauton-Oleksiak; Rome.
  • Brent Wallace: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.