Penguins coach Dan Bylsma today explained the team's unusual procedural moves over the past 24 hours, saying rookie winger Eric Tangradi was assigned to Wheeling a day earlier to allow room on the roster in case winger Arron Asham was able to play tonight.
The Penguins will open the regular season and Consol Energy Center against rival Philadelphia.
As it turns out, Asham, who is believed to have a shoulder injury, won't play, and Wheeling -- the lower level of the Penguins' two minor-league affilates -- was chosen for its proximity. Tangradi was easily able to return to Pittsburgh in time to participate in the morning skate after being recalled.
The Penguins made a second unusual move, recalling goaltender Patrick Killeen from Wheeling, simply so the prospect could work with goaltending coach Gilles Meloche. The two skated before the club's morning skate.
In one other development relating to the game, defenseman Kris Letang missed the morning skate because of illness and is questionable for tonight. If he can't play, Deryk Engelland will take his place in the lineup.
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