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Morning Skate Buzz: Malkin centering second line; Murray paired with Niskanen

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MORNING SKATE NOTES
*Jarome Iginla won’t play tonight and is still in Calgary. He is expected to be in Pittsburgh later tonight or tomorrow. GM Ray Shero will speak at 11:30 a.m. about the acquisition.
*Evgeni Malkin is skating like he’s playing, centering the second line of Brenden Morrow and James Neal. He also took regular reps on the first power play unit.
*Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury is participating in today’s morning skate. If everything goes well for Fleury, he is expected to backup Tomas Vokoun tonight.
*Necomer Douglas Murray is participating in the skate and working as the No. 2 pairing with Matt Niskanen
LINES & D-PAIRS
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Morrow – Malkin – Neal
Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy
Glass – Vitale – Adams
*Jeffrey/Bennett also alternated during line rushes on the 4th line but started out as extras. Both look like scratches tonight.
DEFENSEMEN
Orpik – Martin
Murray – Niskanen
Eaton/Despres – Engelland
TOP-POWER PLAY UNIT
Kunitz – Neal – Crosby
Malkin – Martin
*In what is not the norm, Tyler Kennedy worked with the top power play unit when the players went into 5 on 3 situations*

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