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Insider Only Winter Classic Morning Skate Updates: Staal alternating on 4th line

Morning Skate from Consol
This is the first ever morning skate for a Winter Classic and today’s skates are being conducted at the Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins have hit the ice for their skate….
Penguins center Jordan Staal is working in on the 4th line as an extra. The 4th line took four line rushes and Staal was apart of them for

2 of the 4 rushes. The 4th line first opened up as Rupp – Adams and Asham.
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Cooke – Malkin – Talbot
Conner – Letestu – Kennedy
Rupp – Adams – Asham
(Staal filling in).
We’re awaiting Staal’s official status but he’s skated around today that looks like a likely scratch but it’s possible Bylsma is not trying to tip his hand.
*Defenseman Deryk Engelland is working as the primary 3rd pairing for the second straight. He’s expected to play over Ben Lovejoy.

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