Two players were missing from Anaheim's lineup last night when they served as the opponent for the Penguins' home opener at Mellon Arena.
They weren't lineup scratches, though.
After veterans Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne helped the Ducks win the Stanley Cup in June, they asked for time to decide whether to retire or return.
Anaheim played its fifth game last night, and Niedermayer and Selanne are still at home contemplating.
"We have to move on with the group that we have. That's basically been our motto," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
"We can't change what's happened on the outside. All we can do is be responsible for how we play and how we compete and the level of play."
That's not to say Carlyle wouldn't want either back.
"As far as those two players, they've been given an opportunity to make that decision over the course of time, and we'll live with that decision," he said.
Fleury is still the guy
Penguins coach Michel Therrien had no trouble deciding to go with Marc-Andre Fleury as the starting goaltender last night. Fleury was pulled for backup Dany Sabourin after the second period in the season-opening 4-0 loss Friday at Carolina.
"Marc-Andre is our guy, and Dany is there to support him," Therrien said. "That's our plan, and we're going to stick to that plan."
Carlyle: That looks familiar
Carlyle, a Penguins defenseman and captain in the late 1970s and early '80s, was back in Pittsburgh for the first time as a head coach.
"The Civic Arena hasn't changed dramatically; there's a little rouge and mascara," he said, although the name has changed.
"But it's an exciting building. They've had a lot of success, looking at the players they have on their Hall of Fame wall. It brings back a few memories."
With an optional morning skate, 15 Penguins participated, with two others skating without pads beforehand and the other five working out off the ice. ... Jarrko Ruutu, who had two first-period penalties and just 5:58 of ice time Friday, was a healthy scratch, along with defenseman Alain Nasreddine. ... Anaheim's scratches were wingers George Parros and Travis Moen and defenseman Joe DiPenta. Parros is a Washington County native who took the Stanley Cup there during the offseason. ... Before pregame player-by-player introductions, fans were shown a five-minute video of the Penguins around the city and in highlights from last season. ... Although the Calder Trophy wasn't part of the pre-game ceremony, it was in Pittsburgh, and forward Evgeni Malkin, wearing a medium-blue pinstripe suit, had his picture taken with it after the morning skate. He did not make the trip from Russia to Toronto for the awards show in June when the winner was announced. ... That trophy as well as the awards won by captain Sidney Crosby -- the Art Ross, Hart, and Lester B. Pearson -- were on display for fans.
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