Penguins’ Engelland waits to hear from NHL
Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland will learn today whether he remains eligible to play Friday night in Winnipeg.
Engelland faces a telephone hearing with NHL disciplinarian chief Brendan Shanahan for a questionable hit Tuesday on Chicago’s Marcus Kruger. Friday’s game marks the Penguins’ final contest before the Christmas break.
Engelland hit Kruger midway through the first period, and the Chicago defenseman did not return. Kruger and right wing Pascal Dupuis were engaged an instant before the hard-charging Engelland leveled Kruger into the boards.
Engelland’s forearm made contact with Kruger’s head, which could be construed as a violation of Rule 48. Engelland has no history of dirty play.
> > Defenseman Paul Martin is “day-to-day,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. The team has not provided specifics of the injury Martin suffered during the third period in Ottawa on Friday. Martin has not practiced since the injury and has missed two games. No updates were given on center Sidney Crosby (headaches) and defensemen Kris Letang (concussion) and Zbynek Michalek (concussion).
> > Left wing Eric Tangradi was sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) after being a healthy scratch against the Blackhawks. Tangradi has seen limited minutes in four games with the Penguins this season. He has 10 goals and 10 assists in 24 games with Wilkes-Barre.
â¢ Centers Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal were given the day off from practice but are expected to play Friday.