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PHT Morning Skate: Penguins will need to make tough calls when stars return

Apr 19, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Erik Gudbranson might have hurt his wrist/hand during the Panthers’ 6-1 loss yesterday. Meanwhile Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic made his NHL debut. (Miami Herald)

Who goes out of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup when Sidney Crosby, James Neal, and Evgeni Malkin are ready to return? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

A look at the side of Miikka Kiprusoff that’s not often seen in public. (Calgary Sun)

While we’re on the subject, here’s a list of reasons why Kiprusoff should return for the 2013-14 campaign. (Calgary Sun)

Mark Fistric admitted that he had talks with the Edmonton Oilers before the trade deadline, but they couldn’t come to an agreement. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. (Edmonton Journal)

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has won his fourth Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. (Rangers.nhl.com)

The three Canadian Hockey Leagues have all either started or are about to start their respective semi-finals. (CHL.ca)

The Chicago Blackhawks have accomplished a lot during the regular season, but they know they still have a lot of work ahead of them. (CSN Chicago)

Highlights from the New Jersey Devils’ 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers:

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  1. jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    vitale, bennett, and hopefully kennedy up front. despres will probably be out when martin comes back, though i would rather see engelland sit.

  2. myroncopesflask - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    It’s pretty cool that the Pens might have to sit a player that would otherwise be a 2nd line player for most teams. My lines would be as follows:
    Crobsy-Dupuis-Kunitz
    Malkin-Neal-Iginla
    Sutter-Morrow-Bennett
    Jokinen-Cooke-Kennedy

    Defense Pairings
    Martin-Letang
    Niskanen-Murray
    Orpik-Eaton
    Engelland as 7th D

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Why are all the centers on the wing?

    • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      and how could you take adams out? best pk guy on the squad, its already terrible, cant make it worse for the playoffs. i can see you wanting glass out and bennett in but there’s a place for 4th liners in the playoffs, our 4th line does a great job punishing on the forecheck and they backcheck very well…glass and adams on the pk too. your line up has 2 pk forwards as it stands there in cooke and dupuis. you dont want crosby, kunitz, morrow, iginla forced to kill penalties blocking shots like glass and adams do.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      as far as d goes, there’s no point in pairing martin and letang…no need for 2 puck movers on one pairing…split orpik and eaton up and pair them with letang and martin

    • bmscalise - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Your lines and d-pairings are off. I mostly agree with your choices – except TK, who must be substituted for Adams. You need him to PK.

      While I personally don’t like breaking up the 14-87-9 line:
      9-87-12
      14-71-18
      10-36-19 (although I suspect this will be 27)
      24-16-27 (although I suspect this will be 48)

      D-pairings, when healthy:
      58-4
      44-7
      3-2

      And Flower in net.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        14 – 87 – 9
        18 – 71 – 12
        10 – 16 – 24
        15 – 36 – 27

        44-58
        7-4
        3-2

        29

        mark it, this is 1st round lineup

  3. rippit2000 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    jpelle almost nailed it – it will be 48 instead of 15. DB loves TK, no way he’ll scratch him.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      hard to justify leaving a $3 mill man off the ice in the playoffs, he hasnt earned his paycheck this year as much as glass has but tk has the experience i guess.

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