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Kennedy May Return Against Phoenix, Strait Recalled

By: Casey Shea
(Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins called up defenseman Brian Strait Monday morning and Tyler Kennedy may make his return to the lineup tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.

According to the Penguins’ official website, Brian Strait was called up Monday morning.

Strait appeared in one game for the Penguins this season on Oct. 18, against the Minnesota Wild.

However, he suffered a wrist injury, which kept him out of action until Dec. 17.

In 34 games with the Baby Pens, Strait has three goals and nine assists.

Strait will be inserted into the lineup for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes as Deryk Engelland was not on the ice for the Penguins’ morning skate.

Engelland is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

However, Tyler Kennedy skated on the third line with Matt Cooke and Joe Vitale, which could signify that he will return to the lineup tonight.

Kennedy has been out since Feb. 5 after suffering a high-ankle sprain in a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

In 42 games this season, Kennedy has six goals and 16 assists.

After the morning skate, head coach Dan Bylsma said Kennedy would be a game-time decision.

According to the Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Dustin Jeffrey and Brent Johnson were also missing from the morning skate.

However, Crosby and Johnson took the ice before the skate.

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