The Penguins were without defensemen Kris Letang (broken nose) and Zbynek Michalek (undisclosed injury) on Tuesday night. Each player will be re-evaluated Wednesday in Pittsburgh for precautionary reasons, coach Dan Bylsma said after a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Replacing Letang and Michalek in the lineup were defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Alexandre Picard, each recalled in the afternoon from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bortuzzo and Picard worked as a defense pairing against the Rangers.