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Insider Only Game 2 Morning Skate update: Eric Cole to play; Ruutu out for tonight’s game

Morning Skate Updates
Pittsburgh
The Penguins just concluded their morning skate as the team prepares for game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The top four lines were the same with Pascal Dupuis working in with Craig Adams and Miroslav Satan.
Head Coach Dan Bylsma will make a game time decision on whether he will dress seven defensemen tonight.
Sergei Gonchar is nearing full health and played just under 22 minutes in game 1. That will go into Dan Bylsma’s thinking.
Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes just took the ice and Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Cole is skating and it appears he will give it a go for tonight’s game.  Cole is skating with Matt Cullen and Chad Larose. I’m told that Cole’s skating, lateral movement looks good and unless he suffers a setback this afternoon, expect to see Cole in the lineup.
Tuomo Ruutu is not skating and team officials have confirmed Ruutu will miss tonight’s game. There has been some talk this morning that Ruutu may not return to the lineup until game 4 at the earliest.

Penguins Lineup for Game 2
Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin
Fedotenko – Malkin – Talbot
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Dupuis (GTD) – Adams – Satan
Defensemen
Orpik – Gonchar
Gill – Scuderi
Eaton – Letang
Boucher (GTD)
Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal
Hurricanes Lineup for Game 2
Whitney – Staal – Walker
Cole – Cullen – LaRose
Dwyer – Jokinen – Samsonov
Bayda- Brind’Amour – Eaves
Defensemen
Gleason – Corvo
Pitkanen – Seidenberg
Kaberle – Wallin
Cam Ward will start in goal

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