Penguins notebook: Letang, Martin return to lineup
The two defensemen who eat the most minutes in the Penguins' lineup were available Friday night after some uncertainty.
Defenseman Paul Martin was injured Nov. 6 against the Rangers but returned against the Predators. He pronounced himself healthy before the game.
“I've felt good the last couple of days,” Martin said.
Martin went nearly a week without skating. He worked on his conditioning while making sure he was no longer skating in discomfort during workouts the past two days.
“I hadn't skated since the Rangers game,” he said. “It's not the same as playing in a game, but I feel back to 100 percent.”
Kris Letang, dealing with an illness from the previous day, missed the Penguins' morning skate but played Friday night.
• The Penguins played only three games from Nov. 3-14. They play 10 times in the final 16 days in November. “The players probably don't enjoy playing so few games in that number of days,” coach Dan Bylsma said. The Penguins were on a roll in the spring before an eight-day layoff prior to the Eastern Conference final slowed their offense, as they scored twice in four games. “Getting a day off or practice time is good, but they're not into the flow of games right now,” Bylsma said. “We're looking forward to playing a lot of games, and we're about to get a big dose of that. We like that a lot more. We used practice time to work on certain things. But it's time to go.”
• The Penguins recalled forward Zach Sill from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, but he was not in the lineup. With the team's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, the Penguins wanted a player available for Friday and Saturday's game in Newark. Sill has never played in an NHL game. He has scored 25 goals in 218 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.