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Insider Only Bylsma plans to play 14-87-9 together; Who plays alongside Malkin and Neal?

Kunitz to be reunited with Crosby
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said today he isn’t expecting a long adjustment for his hockey club due to the familiarity of this group.
When it comes to his top lines, Bylsma, as expected, is planning to play Sidney Crosby with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis together.
As for who plays with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal?.

Bylsma wouldn’t reveal names but said he see’s several different fits.
As I layed out in yesterday’s forward depth chart breakdown, the sense has been the spot is Matt Cooke’s to lose in the short-term but the other obvious candidates will be Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi and maybe Dustin Jeffrey.
Where does Beau Bennett fall in the picture? A team source downplayed the chances of Bennett opening the season with the team because of a shortened camp but you never know. The Penguins are intrigued.
Tidbits: Bylsma like the rest of the hockey world is kind of in the dark regarding camp and the schedule. Word this afternoon is the players vote might not be finalized till the weekend, therefore, camps might open as late as Monday. A very fluid situation.

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