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Two teams have inquired about defenseman Danny Richmond. Could Richmond be on the move?

Pittsburgh has received some calls about defenseman Danny Richmond. Word has spread fast regarding Richmond’s play in camp. The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes are among two teams that have inquired about Richmond. Both teams will have scouts in attendance sometime before the Penguins depart for Europe.
Alex Goligoski will be used in all situations tonight. Right now the early prognosis on Sergei Gonchar is he will be out at least 3-4 weeks. From what I’m hearing the Penguins believe Goligoski is a better power play quarterback than Kris Letang and on Wednesday it is likely that Goligoski will be running the first unit again when Crosby and Malkin are in the lineup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins go at it for a second time tonight in Tampa Bay. Tonight we will see a reverse in lineups. Pittsburgh will hold out Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby while Tampa Bay will have their big guns in lineup. Pittsburgh will look to play aggressive and stir things up. Eric Godard, Aaron Boogaard and Paul Bissonnette will be on the ice tonight.
Janne Pesonen will receive top line minutes on the power play. A source told me the Penguins may use him on right wing in certain situations.Pesonen could see a few shifts with Talbot and Fedotenko. Playing overseas Pesonen has shown the ability to play both wings
Lightning Lineup
Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Radim Vrbata
Vinny Prospal-Jussi Jokinen-Evgeny Artyukhin
David Koci-Zenon Konopka-Jason Ward
Dana Tyrell-Paul Szczechura-Michelle Ouellet
Shane O’Brien-Mike Lundin
Andrej Meszaros-Ty Wishart
Janne Niskala-Matt Carle

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