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Penguins Recall Defenseman Simon Despres

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Ahead of Game 4 tonight in Philadelphia, the Penguins say they have recalled defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The 20-year-old defenseman played in 18 regular season games with the Penguins this season.

Over that time he tallied four points, averaged 14:13 minutes per game and had a plus-5 rating, according to the Penguins.

If Despres plays tonight, he would be making his NHL playoff debut.

The Penguins are facing elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight at the hands of their cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers have the chance to sweep the Penguins after comeback wins in Games 1, 2 and 3.

The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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