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Time for more preseason hockey!

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s 7-3 win (thoughts on that to be combined with today), the Pittsburgh Penguins take back to the ice again this afternoon as they host the Detroit Red Wings.

Here’s the roster, from the Pens.

Goalies

1 CASEY DESMITH

35 TRISTAN JARRY

Defensemen

2 CHAD RUHWEDEL

3 OLLI MAATTA

4 JUSTIN SCHULTZ

42 ETHAN PROW

50 JUUSO RIIKOLA

52 JEFF TAYLOR

73 JACK JOHNSON

Forwards

12 DOMINIK SIMON

17 BRYAN RUST

19 DERICK BRASSARD

36 LINUS OLUND

37 SAM LAFFERTY

53 TEDDY BLUEGER

54 THOMAS DIPAULI

56 RYAN HAGGERTY

57 ANTHONY ANGELLO

62 CARL HAGELIN

71 EVGENI MALKIN

80 SAM MILETIC

81 PHIL KESSEL

This is pretty much all of the players that didn’t get into the lineup for yesterday’s game with one very notable exception. Finnish import Juuso Riikola will play again today, and he has been in the lineup for all four games so far. This is no accident, the newcomer is turning heads and making a name for himself:

Riikola’s skills were on full display yesterday. It’s only preseason but he looks like a young Scott Niedermayer here going coast-to-coast on the Blue Jackets

Yeah, that will lead for some difficult decisions in the future, not too many defensemen can do that even in preseason. He’s not Scott Nidermayer, of course, but Riikola has shown in camp that he totally belongs in an NHL lineup so far.

Today will also feature the preseason debuts of Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and also Derick Brassard. Brassard’s inclusion is a welcome sight after the details of his nasty illnesss from earlier in the month kept him off ice for the start of camp.