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Insider Only Pre-Game Buzz: Bylsma skakes up the top two lines

Dan Bylsma flirted around with the possibility of shuffling his top two lines in Tuesday’s practice, and for tonight’s contest Sidney Crosby will have two new wingers as Bylsma has opted to go with some odd combinations.

During the course of today’s morning skate, Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz skated with Evgeni Malkin while Pascal Dupuis and Ruslan Fedotenko skated alongside Sidney Crosby.
Moving Chris Kunitz down with Malkin is a good idea but to take both of Crosby’s wingers away from him is an odd move by Bylsma.
Tyler Kennedy skated alongside Malkin in practice yesterday, but Kennedy will remain on the third line with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke. Jordan Staal will wear a facial shield tonight.
*Eric Godard and Max Talbot will be game time decisions, however, there has been some talk this morning at the arena that Godard will return to the lineup.
*Defenseman Mark Eaton will miss his second consecutive game. Eaton will be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.
*Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal
Senators Lines at Morning Skate
Michalek – Regin – Alfredsson
Cheechoo – Fisher – Kovalev
Ruutu – Kelly – Neil
Campoli – Winchester – Shannon
Defensemen
Phillips – Volchenkov
Kuba – Karlsson
Picard – Carkner
Goaltender
Pascal Leclaire will start in goal

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