Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
Insight: Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Description: After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
Insight: Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
Insight: Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Description: The Penguins didn't get much out of Sidney Crosby in this year's postseason.
Insight: Crosby disappeared over the final three games of the Rangers series, missing all six of his shots on goal while recording a -2 rating. Dating back to last season, Crosby has just one goal in his last 18 playoff appearances.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik returned from an undisclosed injury Wednesday night against the Rangers but ended up suffering an apparent knee injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Orpik missed the last two games of Pittsburgh's first-round series against Columbus and the first three games of its second-round series against the Rangers. He only played 5:15 Wednesday in Game 4.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby handed out two assists in Wednesday's Game 4 victory over New York.
Insight: Crosby had been having a quiet series prior to Wednesday, at least by his standards (one point in three games). The Penguins are in the driver's seat now. They lead the Rangers three games to one with Game 5 Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin led his team to a series win against Columbus with his second-career playoff hat trick in Game 6 Monday night.
Insight: Malkin missed the last few weeks of the regular season due to a fractured foot and didn't have a goal in the first five games of the series. Pittsburgh will play the winner of the Rangers-Flyers series (New York leads 3-2) in the second round.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) practiced Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd and is questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Blue Jackets. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby (rest) was a healthy scratch for Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Pittsburgh is preparing for the postseason. Crosby missed just two games this season and won the Art Ross Trophy (most points in the NHL) for the second time in his career with 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists). He'll likely capture his second Hart Trophy as well.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return Wednesday against Detroit. It's his first game since suffering a stroke two months ago. SOURCE: Piitsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: He may not play his usual 24 minutes a game but Letang is always a strong fantasy option when healthy. Even without playing the last two months, he's still tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (ten).
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter provided two goals Sunday in a win against the Avalanche.
Insight: He logged a season-high 23 and a half minutes of ice time. Sutter (13 goals, 13 assists) will probably see a similar workload Wednesday if head coach Dan Bylsma decides to rest Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz again.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz won't be on the ice Sunday against Colorado. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: He's sitting out with a lower-body issue. The Penguins are already locked into the No. 2 seed and will probably look to rest some of their starters between now and the end of the regular season.
Description: Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett (broken wrist) scored a goal in his return to the lineup Friday against Columbus.
Insight: Bennett has taken over Evgeni Malkin's spot on the second line with Malkin out for the next few weeks. It's a talented line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal, so Bennett may be able to help some fantasy owners.
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-to-3 weeks with a foot injury, according to NHL.com.
Insight: Malkin's regular season is likely over. The 27-year-old has 23 goals, 49 assists, 62 PIM and 191 SOG in 60 games and is impossible to replace. His absence will also lessen the fantasy value of linemate James Neal.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby reached the 90-point mark for the fifth time in his career Tuesday night.
Insight: Crosby had two goals and one assist, giving him 33 goals and 91 points in 68 games. He had 100+ points in four of his first five NHL seasons but didn't have higher than 66 in the past three due to injuries.
Description: Lee Stempniak has produced six points in seven games since the Flames traded him to the Penguins.
Insight: Stempniak had a goal and two assists Tuesday against the Stars. He has been skating on Sidney Crosby's line, which got even better Tuesday with the return of Chris Kunitz from a two-game absence.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) participated in warmups prior to Tuesday's game and it appears he will play, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Kunitz (31 G, 28 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week, but practiced Monday and skated Tuesday morning. He just needed to get medical clearance to play in a game, and it appears he has done that.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) participated in pre-game warmups Tuesday night, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Neal (22 G, 27 A) missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend before returning to practice Monday. He still needed to get clearance to play in a game, however, which is why he was a game-time decision.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) skated Tuesday morning but still needs medical clearance to play Tuesday night.
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend but was cleared to practice Monday and may be able to get clearance to play before Tuesday's contest. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice Monday less than two months after having a stroke. It's still unclear if he'll return this season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Letang was not limited in any way at practice, though some of his teammates were hesitant to be physical with him and he had to urge them to hit him because he wanted to get used to contact again.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) surprisingly received clearance for full participation in Monday's practice and could play as soon as Tuesday against the Stars. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season, so fantasy owners will be happy to have him back so quickly.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (maintenance) missed Thursday's practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His status for Saturday's game is unclear.
Insight: Chris Kunitz also sat out. Both are dealing with bumps and bruises. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Neal has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz missed practice Thursday for maintenance and is questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia. SOURCE: Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: James Neal sat out for the same reason. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Kunitz collided with the goal post during Tuesday's game and hurt his leg.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz delivered two goals in Monday's win against the Capitals.
Insight: Sidney Crosby assisted on both including the game-winner with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period. Kunitz (31 goals, 28 assists) is two points away from tying his career-high in scoring.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal extended his points streak to six games Thursday against Montreal.
Insight: The first five games came before the Olympic break. Neal had a goal, an assist, four SOG and a +2 Thursday and has 21 goals, 47 points, 147 SOG, 39 PIM and a +16 in just 38 games this season. He's a top-notch fantasy asset.
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett (broken wrist) will miss another three-to-four weeks after suffering a setback, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Bennett was expected to return following the Olympic break but he'll be out until late March. He's played just 12 games this season with three points, but did post 14 points in 26 games last season.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, an injury he sustained during the Winter Olympics.
Insight: Martin missed nearly two months with a broken leg this season and now this. He has two goals and 10 assists in 33 games and may not play again until the playoffs. With Kris Letang still out after having a stroke, the Penguins will use Matt Niskanen (7 G, 27 A) and Olli Maatta (6 G, 17 A) as the top defensive pairing.
Description: Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) has been medically cleared to play and just needs to get in shape, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The veteran missed the entire season to this point after he had a blood clot in his pelvis back in September. Vokoun was 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV% last season as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game. It will be his fourth straight absence.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scoring defenseman. As of yet, no timetable has been announced.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang missed Monday's game against Ottawa, his third in a row due to illness.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scoring defenseman. As of yet, no timetable has been announced.
Description: Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was on point Monday against Buffalo.
Insight: Fleury saved all 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. He's been alternating wins and losses lately so fantasy owners may want to start someone else when Fleury heads to Los Angeles Thursday for a game against the Kings.
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen has six goals and 13 points in his last 14 games.
Insight: Niskanen has held down the fort while teammates Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik have missed time due to injuries in the past six weeks. His +25 differential is tied for the NHL lead.
Description: Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) will skate for the first time on Wednesday, according to Penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: He also missed a large portion of the 2006-07 season while dealing with a blood clot. He's not taking shots yet, but this is a big step in the right direction. Vokoun was 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV%.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) is active Monday against the Panthers, according to penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: Neal only had to miss one game due to his injury because of Pittsburgh's light schedule from Jan. 12-19. He has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season, so make sure he's back in your lineups.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) sat out Wednesday's game against the Capitals.
Insight: According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Neal made it sound like he was going to play Wednesday morning, so his absence is a bit surprising. He has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin provided three points Sunday in a win over Winnipeg.
Insight: It was Malkin's first game back after missing three weeks with a leg injury. Even after missing all that time, Malkin (two goals, one assist on Sunday) still ranks ninth in the league in scoring with 44 points in 33 contests.
Description: Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen had a pair of goals Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: With Pascal Dupuis out for the season, Jokinen is locked into a top-six role. However, he doesn't have the benefit of playing with Evgeni Malkin at the moment. The 30-year-old has 11 goals and 28 points in 43 games on the season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) will play Friday, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Boston's Shawn Thornton knocked Orpik off his feet and knocked him unconscious with a punch to the head on Dec. 7. Thornton was given a 15-game suspension for the act. Orpik has a goal and seven points in 31 games and has minimal fantasy value.
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin (leg) did not play Saturday and is questionable for Friday's game against Carolina.
Insight: Malkin suffered a left leg injury when he lost his footing and slammed into the boards on Dec 14 and has missed five games. Malkin has nine goals and 41 points in only 32 games, so any time without him is a huge loss for the team and fantasy owners.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had surgery for an infection in his elbow last week, but the Penguins expect him to return after the NHL's three-day Christmas break, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Letang had a procedure to clean an open wound that appeared on Dec. 13. The defenseman was spotted with a cast, but it was only in place to prevent arm movement that could reopen the wound.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing James Neal didn't miss a beat despite serving a five-game suspension. He's put up three points in two games since returning, including one goal and one assist Saturday against the Flames.
Insight: Neal has been an unbelievably strong fantasy asset lately, recording 10 goals, 20 points, 21 PIM, 10 PPP and 54 SOG in his last 12 games. He extended his scoring streak to six games Saturday.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has posted at least one point in four straight games and seven of the last nine.
Insight: He scored his seventh goal of the season Saturday against Calgary. Even with the recent success, the 34-year-old Dupuis has a disappointing 20 points in 38 games. Unfortunately, even though he skates with Sidney Crosby his value remains limited because he gets no power-play time.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists Saturday to bring his point total to 54 in 38 games this season.
Insight: He's actually slightly behind last season's pace, as he had 56 points in 36 games before suffering a regular-season-ending fractured jaw, but he's still leading the league. Crosby is six points ahead of second-place Patrick Kane and 13 points ahead of teammate Evgeni Malkin and Nicklas Backstrom, who are tied for third.
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin (leg) will not play Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Malkin suffered a left leg injury when he lost his footing and slammed into the boards last Saturday and this will be his third game on the sidelines. Malkin has nine goals and 41 points in only 32 games, so this is a huge loss for the team and fantasy owners.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is doubtful for Monday's game against Toronto due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Malkin lost his footing and went sliding into the boards skate-first in Saturday's game and had to be helped off the ice. A Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report says it doesn't appear to be serious, but don't expect him to play Monday.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had to be helped off the ice after slamming into the boards Saturday night at Detroit.
Insight: Malkin lost his footing and went sliding into the boards skate-first. He did not put any weight on his left leg as he was coming off the ice. According to Nick Cotsonika of yahoo.com, Malkin was walking normally in the dressing room.
Description: According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) indicated he will play Monday.
Insight: Malkin missed the last two games with a lower-body injury but took part in Monday's morning skate. He leads the NHL with 30 assists and has added seven goals, 87 SOG and 30 PIM in 29 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to Boston and has been placed on injured reserve.
Insight: Orpik was knocked unconcious by right wing Shawn Thornton during a stoppage in play in the first period. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he regained consciousness and was later released.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) is on the ice for the morning skate and could return for tonight's game against Columbus. He has missed the last two games after being injured in the morning skate prior to Thursday's contest vs. the Sharks.
Insight: Malkin leads the NHL with 30 assists and has added seven goals, 87 SOG and 30 PIM in 29 games this season. Check back for the latest updates.
Description: Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma believes defenseman Brooks Orpik suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to Boston. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Orpik was knocked unconcious by right wing Shawn Thornton during a stoppage in play in the first period. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he regained consciousness and was later released. Though he did travel with the team back to Pittsburgh, we doubt Orpik plays Monday against Columbus.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik took a cheap shot from Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton on Saturday night and had to leave the game on a stretcher. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: Orpik put a big hit on left wing Loui Eriksson in the first period and Thornton retaliated by sending Orpik to the ground during a play stoppage. Thornton would later punch Orpik's head into the ground, knocking him unconscious. Thornton was ejected and is likely to be suspended for his actions.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed) was on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: That would seem to indicate he'll be available Saturday night at Boston. Coach Dan Bylsma said Dupuis will have a major input on whether he plays because he has had a similar injury in the past. We doubt the veteran will choose to sit out after being able to skate in the morning.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz scored two goals Thursday against the Sharks in a matchup of two of the top teams in the NHL.
Insight: Kunitz has posted at least one point in six straight games and 14 points over his last 11 games. He has 16 goals, 30 points, 93 SOG, 20 PIM and a +13 in 30 games this season, which puts him on pace for a career-high 44 goals and 82 points.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby netted two goals in Tuesday night's win over the Islanders.
Insight: Believe it or not, it's just Crosby's second multi-goal effort of the season. He's generated at least one point in seven of his last nine games, which is exactly what you'd expect from a former MVP and Olympic gold medalist.
Description: Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen's goal Saturday against the Panthers was his first since Nov. 9.
Insight: Beau Bennett's leg injury opened the door for Jokinen to move back onto Evgeni Malkin's line, which definitely helps his fantasy value. The 30-year-old has nine goals and 18 points in 28 games.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz helped his case for Team Canada by scoring two goals Friday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Kunitz is supposedly on the bubble for Canada's Olympic roster but it's hard to imagine them passing on a guy who already has 13 goals in his first 27 games. The Penguins are now 2-0 against the Lightning this season.
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett will miss 8-10 weeks after having surgery on Monday to repair a broken wrist. SOURCE: triblive.com
Insight: Bennett suffered the injury Friday. He had just moved up to the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz and scored his first goal of the season last Wednesday. The Penguins have put Pascal Dupuis back on Crosby's line and moved Jussi Jokinen back up to Evgeni Malkin's line.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing James Neal contributed two goals in Monday's loss to the Bruins.
Insight: He also assisted on Sidney Crosby's miraculous game-tying goal at the end of regulation. Unfortunately for the Pens, Torey Krug netted the game-winner for Boston just 34 seconds into overtime.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing James Neal had a pair of helpers Friday against New York.
Insight: Neal missed the first five weeks of the season with an upper-body injury. He has recorded two goals and seven points in seven games since returning, including four points in the last two games.
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett will get his best chance to be a factor in the fantasy world as he'll be on a line with center Sidney Crosby and left wing Chris Kunitz, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Pascal Dupuis will play with the second line and Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Nothing to cry about there. The Penguins have two of the league's best lines.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) practiced Thursday, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Neal, who missed his 15th straight game Wednesday against the Rangers, wasn't expected to practice until Friday. He still won't play Saturday against the Blues despite being one day ahead of schedule, but he could be back as early as next week.
Description: The Penguins have downgraded left wing Chris Kunitz to a game-time decision Wednesday against the Rangers. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: Kunitz thinks he's ready to play though head coach Dan Bylsma is inclined to be a little more cautious. He missed practice on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. We should have an update on his status shortly before game-time (7:30 ET).
Description: Penguins winger Chris Kunitz has scored a goal in four straight games.
Insight: The left wing has eight goals and 15 points to go with an NHL-leading +12 (tied with four others), 10 PIM, five PPP and 52 SOG this season. As long as Sidney Crosby stays healthy, Kunitz will remain one of the top wingers in fantasy hockey.
Description: Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen scored goal No. 5 Friday against the Islanders.
Insight: Jokinen has seven points in the first 10 games, including four power-play points. His value will drop off when James Neal returns and bumps him off the top power-play unit, but Neal will miss at least one more week.
Description: Penguins backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff will start Friday against the Islanders.
Insight: Zatkoff has played just one game this season and gave up six goals on 30 shots to the Florida Panthers. The 26-year-old will need a good start Friday to prevent the Penguins from looking at other backup options.
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett is dealing with a lower body injury and was placed on the injured list retroactive to Oct. 12.
Insight: On the second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, Bennett could have produced solid numbers, but missed out on this great opportunity. He has totaled just two assists in five games this season.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang is expected to be activated from injured reserve Friday against the Islanders. SOURCE: Josh Yohe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Insight: Friday will be (most likely) Letang's season debut after missing the first three weeks with a knee injury. He's one of the better offensive blueliners in the game (38 points last season) and needs to be started in all fantasy leagues.
Description: Penguins winger James Neal will miss at least two more weeks due to an upper-body injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Neal played in the season opener despite dealing with the injury but he aggravated it and left after just 3:49 minutes of ice time. Jussi Jokinen will remain on the top power-play unit until Neal returns.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one point in all eight games this season.
Insight: He has five goals and seven assists over his last four games and seven goals and 10 assists on the season. If Crosby can make it through 70 games, he'll easily blow past the 100-point mark, and he may even hit it if he only plays 60.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis had a goal and one assist Tuesday against the Oilers.
Insight: Dupuis doesn't get any power-play time so his fantasy value is more limited than fellow Sidney Crosby wingman Chris Kunitz, but the 34-year-old managed to produce 45 goals and 97 points over 130 games the last two seasons and has two goals and six points in six games this year.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the season Friday against the Panthers.
Insight: Malkin had two assists in his first three games. While he averaged 1.1 ppg last season, he played just 31 games due to injury and scored only nine goals after posting 50 goals and 59 assists in 75 games the year before.
Description: Penguins backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff gave up six goals on 30 shots in his NHL debut Friday at Florida.
Insight: Ouch. That's a poor first showing for a player the Penguins need to contribute behind Marc-Andre Fleury in the wake of Tomas Vokoun's blood clot issues that we keep him out for 3-6 months. Zatkoff had a 1.93 GAA and .920 save percentage in 49 AHL contests in 2012-13.
Description: Penguin defenseman Kris Letang (knee) skated hard before the team's practice Thursday but he did not participate in practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The blueliner hasn't played yet this season and is unlikely to play Friday at Florida. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has said Letang needed to work his way back to practice before returning to the lineup.
Description: Penguins backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff will make his first NHL start Friday against Florida.
Insight: Zatkoff had a 1.93 GAA and .920 save percentage in 49 AHL contests in 2012-13. If he's anything close to that, he'll be a solid backup to Marc-Andre Fleury. Veteran backup Tomas Vokoun is out long-term due to a blood clot.
Description: Penguins winger Chris Kunitz had one of Pittsburgh's four goals Saturday against the Sabres.
Insight: It was his first of the season. Kunitz has the best spot in hockey as Sidney Crosby's wingman and is coming off a career year that saw him score 22 goals with 52 points and a +30 in 48 games. He's doubtful to be that good over a full campaign, but he's still a fine fantasy player.
Description: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that James Neal's upper-body injury is closer to week-to-week than day-to-day.
Insight: Neal was a game-time decision for the season opener Thursday against the Devils due to an upper-body injury and aggravated it after playing in the first period. Beau Bennett is likely to replace Neal on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and took four shots Thursday in Pittsburgh's season-opening win over the Devils.
Insight: Crosby had 15 goals and 41 assists in just 36 games last season but missed the last month after being hit in the jaw with a puck. If Crosby stays even remotely healthy this season, he'll come close to 100 points.
Description: Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury shut out the Devils in the season opener Thursday.
Insight: Fleury saw 27 shots and stopped all of them. With Tomas Vokoun out 3-6 after having surgery to remove a blood clot from his pelvis, Fleury is the unquestioned No. 1 goalie for the Penguins. Jeff Zatkoff will back him up.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing James Neal (upper body) missed the final five minutes of the opening period and didn't return to the bench at the start of the second, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Neal was a true game-time decision for the season opener Thursday against the Devils due to an upper-body injury and likely aggravated it after playing in the first period.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury and will miss at least the first two games.
Insight: The defenseman is often injured but is one of fantasy's top blueliners when he is on the ice. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said it didn't appear to be a long-term issue and he could be back as soon as Oct. 8.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury that will need further evaluation, according to ProHockeyTalk.com.
Insight: Letang won't skate this weekend and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said it is unclear if it will be a short-term or extended injury. The defenseman is often injured but is one of fantasy's top blueliners when he is on the ice.
Description: Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen could play on the team's second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal this season. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: He'll have to hold off the organization's top forward prospect, Beau Bennett. Jokinen, who had a hat trick in Saturday's preseason game, had seven goals and 11 points in 10 games with the Penguins after coming over in a trade with the Hurricanes last season. If he locks down a spot with Malkin and Neal, he could have a big year.
Description: Penguins backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is out indefinitely after having a blood clot removed from his pelvis on Saturday.
Insight: Vokoun took over as Pittsburgh's starter during the playoffs after Marc-Andre Fleury struggled again. The veteran dealt with similar pelvic issues in April 2006, missed the final few weeks of the season and wasn't healthy again until 4-5 months later. Jeff Zatkoff, who went 26-20 with a 1.93 GAA and a .920 SV% in the AHL last year, will serve as Fleury's backup to start the season.