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Monday, 12.4.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Pittsburgh Penguins return to action Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena against the Florida Panthers.

Tickets remain for the contest. For tickets call 1-800-642-PENS or 412-642-PENS or visit

The Penguins (11-10-4), who have lost their last two games, look to get back on track against a struggling Florida squad. The Panthers (8-15-5) have lost a season-high six straight games, their longest winless streak since going 0-6-1 from March 19-29, 2003.

“Tuesday night, the Panthers are going to be desperate. Six games in a row they haven’t won,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “They have some veteran guys out there who have character, so we know they are going to be desperate to play.

“In the meantime, I am interested to see how we’re going to react after the weekend. The weekend was not a matter that we played poorly. I thought we played decent hockey – there were games we played worse than that and won. I thought we played decent hockey, but the result wasn’t there,” he continued. “We have to keep focusing; we don’t want to get too much behind the pack for the playoffs. Making the playoffs is tough. We have 15 guys who have never been in the playoffs, so they don’t know what it takes to get there. This is something in the next few weeks that we’re going to have to approach with our team. Yes, we’re young and we don’t have playoff experience and we don’t know what it takes to get to the playoffs, but in the meantime we have to compensate with different things.”

Ryan Malone is nearing a return to the lineup. Therrien said the forward’s status will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Jocelyn Thinbault will get the start in goal for the Penguins. It will be his first Mellon Arena appearance since Oct. 14.


John LeClair cleared re-entry waivers. However, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero will speak to LeClair’s agent Tuesday to clarify the winger’s status.


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