Following an optional skate on Thursday morning, Carlyle confirmed that defenseman John-Michael Liles was going to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins later that night. Liles had been a healthy scratch in 12 consecutive games. In 15 appearances this season, Liles has produced a goal and five assists for six points in 20:20 of average ice-time.
Given the optional nature of Thursday's practice, the team didn't run line rushes. However, Jonas Siegel of TSN believes that Liles will be paired on the second unit with Carl Gunnarsson.
It is believed that Mike Kostka will be scratched in favor of Liles.
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