The Pittsburgh Penguins will welcome back several players to their lineup when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. In addition to the noted return of defenseman Kris Letang, forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz returned to their normal positions on Pittsburgh's top line during the morning skate Wednesday, while Penguins coach Dan Bylsma confirmed defenseman Olli Maatta will be paired with defenseman Matt Niskanen against Detroit. Crosby and Maatta missed the Penguins' game against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday with upper-body injuries, while Kunitz was sidelined with a lower-body injury. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock complimented Kunitz, who has scored a career-high 35 goals and 67 points this season, after Detroit's optional morning skate. "I was in Anaheim when he came out of college and I thought, 'Oh my God' when I saw him. I thought, 'I don't know how he's going to play,'" Babcock said. "He's smart and very, very competitive. He knows how to play. "He now plays with Crosby on a line and has won Stanley Cups and won a gold medal, so we weren't very smart."
Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz in after one-game absences
NHL.com | Apr 9