Early Father's Day for Pens
The Penguins had company on their charter flight after practice Monday - their dads. The team selected its one-game trip to New York City for its annual fathers-sons dinner.
Team officials, management and coaches joined players and their fathers for a private meal last night. The players' fathers will attend the game tonight against the New York Rangers.
Conklin gets start
Goaltender Ty Conklin will start against the Rangers - only his second nod in the past seven games. Conklin leads the NHL with a .927 save percentage and is 2-0-0 with a .938 save percentage in his career against the Rangers.
However, coach Michel Therrien said the fathers trip also played into his decision to start Conklin.
"One thing that is important ... his dad flew from Alaska to see his son play," Therrien said. "We are trying to have a family affair with our team. From my standpoint and the standpoint of everyone involved, I think it's important to play Ty."
The Penguins will face the Rangers in three of their final 10 games, including games on consecutive days March 30-31.
The game March 30 at Mellon Arena will start at 12:30 p.m. and be televised nationally by NBC. The Penguins are 3-0-0 this season in games aired by NBC, and Malkin has totaled seven points in those contests.
97 - Points for center Evgeni Malkin.
86 - Combined points of Jordan Staal and Colorado's Paul Stastny, the other two finalists for the Calder Trophy last season.
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