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Pens’ Morning Skate Report: Asham elevated to 2nd line
Morning Skate Updates
The Pittsburgh Penguins (5-4-1) meet the Philadelphia Flyers (4-4-1) today for the third time this month. Both teams split the two games with each team winning on the road.
Penguins injured center Jordan Staal was the first player on the ice this morning, shooting pucks from the high slot. For those wondering or asking, Staal won’t be playing this weekend.
Changes on the Penguins top-2 lines as Arron Asham has been elevated to the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu. Forward Mike Comrie has been demoted to the 4th line.
Comrie though will stay in the lineup as Eric Godard is still dealing with the elements of an illness. Godard is not participating in the morning skate.
Defenseman Zbynek Michalek is getting close to returning to the lineup but will not play tonight. He did not take a regular shift with the top-3 D-pairs. Michalek is still a few days away.
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Asham – Letestu – Malkin
Cooke – Talbot – Kennedy
Rupp – Adams – Comrie
Orpik – Engelland
Martin – Letang
Goligoski – Lovejoy
Starting Goaltender: Marc Andre Fleury
Scratches: Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, and Eric Godard.
No Changes on Top Power Play Unit
The first power play unit set up the same as it’s been. The Penguins are 0 for their last 14.
1st unit: Kunitz – Goligoski – Crosby
Malkin at left point with Letang at right point.