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Crosby, Malkin, and Neal will play on top PP unit

Mar 15, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malki AP

The Rangers might want to play a disciplined game on Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN), because Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has constructed a pretty scary power-play unit.

Sidney Crosby is projected to play on the third line in his return, but he’ll also be skating on the top power-play unit with Evgeni Malkin. There are some people who might believe that the Penguins spreading out their talent with the man advantage would be beneficial, but Bylsma isn’t one of them.

“I think we’ve always felt,” Bylsma said, “and do feel and strongly feel — all of us — that having the two best players (on the ice) is the best thing for us to have success.”

James Neal, who has been one of this season’s biggest breakout players, and Chris Kunitz are also projected to be on the ice with Malkin and Crosby. In the likely event that Kris Letang returns, he’ll probably be on the top unit instead of Steve Sullivan. On paper, it looks like arguably the best power-play unit in the NHL.

Crosby is projected to be playing the point on the power play while Kunitz will try and put himself in front of the net. Neal and Malkin will be in position to fire off one-timers.

  1. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    there is absolutly no team that can compare to the franchise right now. we are the favorites to win the cup probably for the next 10 years. there is no better place to live than the city of champions right now!!! soup can army assemble!

  2. fleurysteeth - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Wow. The rest of the league is going to start an Occupy Center Ice movement because they are so jealous of the amazing talent The Franchise has. Nothing like the Top 1% of raw pure talent rubbing their giant cans in the faces of the 99%. SCA.

  3. jobotjones - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Just. Plain. Dirty.

  4. letangusespertplus - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    this pp unit is filled with fancy men. imagine being a goalie and all you see are a dangling soup can, a Pringles can filled to the rim, and two of the most luscious locks that have ever been scrapbooked, all the while Kunitz city is standing there making you smell the scent of his statuesque wife on his three fingers cause she’s a good egg. how are they gonna stop all that?

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Well of course you’d want the biggest cry baby on the ice at all times when the refs noses are up her butt. Ranger fans bring pacifiers and throw them on the ice for Crosbaby’s first shift. Urge your players to end her career with a big smack in the boards!

  6. abrienza428 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Obviously excited about this, but the PP has never worked as well as you think it would with Crosby and Malkin out there together. They both want to play the half-wall on the right side, which is each of their’s strength. I’d rather have 2 PPs with one on each, or at least give it a try. But we’ll see how it goes.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      put crosby behind the net and keep malkin on the half wall…neal can float in the middle. malkin would have a good outlet down low to crosby or up top to sullivan/niskanen/letang, they shouldnt have too much of a problem keeping possesion there on the boards between the two of them until the can generate a shot from neal or the point. as soon as they double up crosby behind the net it opens up geno for that one-timer he loves from the right side.

  7. Stiller43 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I just creamed my jeans.

  8. napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I find the whole soup can army kind of funny, but I refuse to believe its more than one or two guys max with multiple accounts.

    So the first line is : Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Letang, and Kunitz – terrific. But if I’m reading this article correctly are you saying that if Letang can’t go then it would be Sullivan taking Letang’s place? 5 forwards? That seems a little ill-advised.

    If Letang can’t go, then you Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Sullivan, and then Michalek, Engelland, Niskanen or maybe Martin. Then your second line is Staal, Kunitz, Dupuis, and two D men.

  9. govtminion2 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    How dare anyone question the strength and numbers of the Soupcan Army!! Queen henrik has already taken himself out as a result of uncontrollable diarrhea. The soupcan is coming and he’s bringing the whole army with him

  10. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Cynthia Crosby will score 2 goals & 2 assists.

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