Afternoon roundup: NHL security, No Carey Price tomorrow, Geno update and more!

Richard Wolowicz

A look around news and notes for the Pittsburgh Penguins on this off-day.

‘’First, like the rest of the country, our thoughts and best wishes to those in Boston are all around. As you could guess/expect, security will be tighter and more visible at the Consol Energy Center (and pretty much everywhere) in the near future. [Tribune Review]

‘’James Neal, Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin all got in morning skates prior to practice for the second day in a row. A slow development, but obviously a good thing for all to be able to make it back out after yesterday as they work to recover from their respective injuries. [Post-Gazette]

‘’Evgeni Malkin skated again at practice but didn’t participate with a line and didn’t do much power play time, drawing into question his statement Monday that Geno hoped and thought he would be back in the lineup tomorrow night. We’ll see, but right now getting him rested and rehabbed for what’s been a nagging shoulder injury should probably be the main focus two weeks out from the playoffs.

``Carey Price has struggling lately, getting pulled in his last two starts (just in time for my fantasy playoffs!) but if it happens a third time, it won’t be against Pittsburgh. Michel Therrien is going with backup Peter Budaj to get the start against the Pens tomoroow night. [Arpon Basu twitter]

``The Pens are flourishing in a lockout-shortened season due in part to their attention to detail and overall conditioning. [Pittsburgh Magazine]

‘’Any time Mike Colligan posts you know you’ll learn something. So check out here just why the Penguins made an interesting 1-year signing (really just a few weeks) on college star goalie Eric Hartzell and what that could mean for the future of Marc-Andre Fleury. [Hockey Writers]

``A pretty cool interview with Brenden Morrow, who probably like us all, got lost in the Civic Arena once. [Empty Netters]

``Finally, congrats to Ben Hanowski (one of the players who’ll forever be known as being in the Jarome Iginla trade) for making his NHL debut with Calgary last night AND scoring a goal to boot. [Calgary Herald]

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