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• Defenseman Deryk Engelland spent the past three games working out in the Penguins' locker room, while occasionally glancing at a television to see how his teammates were faring. For Engelland, missing three games with a suspension wasn't exactly enjoyable. He was suspended for three games following a hit to Chicago center Marcus Kruger. "It stunk," Engelland said. "I want to be out there with my teammates. I'm just glad that it's over." Engelland's absence was certainly felt because he has been playing the best hockey of his career this season. "He's a guy who you miss in a game like (Thursday) night," coach Dan Bylsma said.

• Defenseman Alexandre Picard and center Jason Williams were reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before Friday's practice. Engelland will take Picard's spot in the lineup, while it appears left wing Steve MacIntyre will dress against the Devils.

• Defenseman Paul Martin, who hasn't played since suffering an unidentified injury Dec. 16 in Ottawa, made the trip to New Jersey but is considered extremely unlikely to play. Given that the Penguins are off for the next five days, the Penguins are leaning toward the prudent approach of giving Martin almost another week to get healthy.

• Center Richard Park practiced with the Penguins, his fractured foot continuing to strengthen. He did not make the trip to New Jersey, saying only, "It's getting better."

• Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start today in New Jersey, according to Bylsma.

Additional Information:

Penguins game day

at DEVILS

3:05 p.m. today

at Newark, Prudential Center

TV/radio: ROOT Sports/WXDX-FM (105.9), Penguins Radio Network

Notable: The Penguins will be facing former teammate Petr Sykora, who has produced 10 goals and 21 points this season.

» Defenseman Deryk Engelland spent the past three games working out in the Penguins' locker room, while occasionally glancing at a television to see how his teammates were faring. For Engelland, missing three games with a suspension wasn't exactly enjoyable. He was suspended for three games following a hit to Chicago center Marcus Kruger. 'It stunk,' Engelland said. 'I want to be out there with my teammates. I'm just glad that it's over.' Engelland's absence was certainly felt because he has been playing the best hockey of his career this season. 'He's a guy who you miss in a game like (Thursday) night,' coach Dan Bylsma said.

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