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Insider Only Morning Skate: Gonchar not on the ice

Morning Skate Update
The Penguins just took the ice as they prepare to close out the Washington Capitals tonight.
Defenseman Sergei Gonchar is not on the ice this morning.
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10:41 a.m. – It appears by the current lines in the skate that

the Penguins will go with the same lineup for tonight’s game.
Current Lines
Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin
Fedotenko – Malkin – Talbot
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Adams -Crosby – Satan
Extras: Dupuis – Sykora – Godard are skating as their own line, so it appears the Penguins will dress seven defensemen again.
10:56 a.m. – Brashear to return to the lineup?
There is a lot of buzz going around the arena as Donald Brashear is eligible to return to the lineup tonight. The Capitals take the ice at 11:30 a.m. If Brashear returns to the lineup, the Penguins will likely not alter their lineup.
Bruce Boudreau met with the media and would neither confirm nor deny that Brashear will be in the lineup. Said it will be a game time decision.
11:13 a.m. – Morning skate has concluded, Penguins had a strong workout and they look determined to close out the Capitals tonight.
Projected lineup for tonight based on morning skate
Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin
Fedotenko – Malkin – Talbot
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Adams – Satan
Orpik – Boucher
Gill – Scuderi
Eaton – Letang
Extra: Goligoski
Marc Andre Fleury (7-4) will start in goal
Scratches: Godard, Dupuis, Sykora, Gonchar?
Dan Bylsma will meet with the media in about five minutes. Expected to get an update on Gonchar

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