...for Wednesday's game at least.
Max Talbot is said ot have re-aggravated his high ankle sprain sustained earlier in the season. There's no word on how severe the injury/pain is, but word on the streets is he'll definitely be out for the Buffalo game.
Also listed on the potential/questionable scratches for Wednesday's game is Petr Sykora. Sykora, no doubt one of the best pick-ups of the Penguins in the offseason, is suffering from back spasms and will most likely miss the game against the Sabres.
Both are expected to hit the lines again on Sunday against the Flyers.
An interesting fact regarding the Pens this season: only Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal have played in all 70 games. Amazing when you consider a roster of 23-26 guys.
In efforts to fill the gaps from Max and Syko, the Pens have called up Ryan Stone along with the perpetual and almost routine call-up Connor James.
Perhaps the Penguins would fare best if James circled the skies of Pittsburgh in a plane and showed up in the second period. As you might recall, his first NHL goal game following the trade deadline and a late second period arrival in Long Island on an emergency call-up.
Hopefully Hossa's return is sooner than later.