WBS Update: Sterling Sent Down, Pens Battle Admirals Tonight

CHICAGO IL - FEBRUARY 20: Brett Sterling #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a game-tying goal in the 3rd period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on February 20 2011 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It's Evgeni Malkin bobble head night at the Mohegan Sun Arena  at Casey Plaza, and a sell-out crowd is expected for tonight's game against the Norfolk Admirals. The WBS Pens (42-16) have a comfortable lead on the Hershey Bears for the division lead but the 5th place Admirals are going to battle hard tonight, being that they are fighting to stay in the playoff race.

WBS is getting bodies back, most recently Brett Sterling, and look for a full 60 minute effort tonight with a more experienced core up front. Brian Strait is still in Pittsburgh but the Pens have six able defensemen that will look to shutdown the Admirals attack.  Brad Thiessen was pulled after allowing four goals in thirteen shots in WBS's 4-1 loss to Binghamton on Wednesday, a rare off-night for a guy who leads the AHL in wins (24) and shutouts (6) this season.

The Pens also play at home tomorrow, facing the Springfield Falcons at 3 p.m.

UPDATE: We are more than two-thirds through the season and my end of the season goal is only one-third of the way there.  Follow me on Twitter for Penguins hockey, NFL and NCAA sports updates.

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