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Game 4 Morning Skate Update

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has opted for his team to go through an optional skate for the second straight game. It’s a route Bylsma has gone of late, including the last handful of regular season games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning also went through an optional skate. Among the notables not skating for them included Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone whose battling an injury.
Several players are sitting out for Pittsburgh including Jordan Staal, Alex Kovalev, Zbynek Michalek, James Neal and Arron Asham.
Therefore, there is no indication on who will replace Chris Kunitz in the lineup but speculation continues to to center around the coaching staff going in Eric Tangradi’s direction.
Tangradi gives the coaching staff more versatility with their lines than Comrie does.
An argument for Comrie is that he provides more experience and could be a possible option on the second power play unit.
The Penguins are 0-for-15 in the series.
When it comes to him being a fit in 5-on-5 situations, Comrie can only be seen as a possible fit for tonight if the staff were fully set on letting him play left wing on the second line.
Due to him being a defensive liability, that’s unlikely.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby is skating for the second straight day.
Crosby is scheduled to be evaluated by his team of doctors again when the team returns home on Thursday. Maybe Friday will be the big day in him taking that next step in his rehab process.

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