Pregame: Whitney to start first game this season for Penguins

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Pengiuns coach Michel Therrien confirmed that defenseman Ryan Whitney will play in his first game of the season tonight against Tampa Bay at Mellon Arena. Whitney had offseason foot surgery.

The decision on which defenseman to sit to make room for Whitney in the lineup was taken out of Therrien's hands. Kris Letang will not play after leaving last night's win at Buffalo with an unspecified injury, apparently the result of being hit by a shot. Therrien described's Letang's status as day to day.

Also, the Penguins reassigned forward Ryan Stone to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.


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