PENS - ISLES FALLOUT
The Penguins were back on the ice today and there was a minor shakeup on the lines today and on the Penguins struggling power play.
The Penguins top four lines were:
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Jeffrey - Malkin - Neal
Glass - Sutter - Cooke
Adams - Vitale - Kennedy
Kennedy tied for a team worst minus-4 rating, was on the 4th line and his play away from the puck has not been strong. However, the setup today of Glass on the third line and Kennedy on the fourth line has both players out of place.
Glass is an effective fourth liner but he's out of place on the third line. He's a guy you only want there in spot duty. At somepoint, the Penguins have to get Cooke, Sutter and Kennedy together and hope they get it going or that's going to be problematic for the Penguins who have believed the third line would be a strength.
A lot of talk is on the top-2 lines. Neither line is playing dominant hockey at even strength and the Penguins would love to put Chris Kunitz back with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal but personnel wise they feel they can't.