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Insider Only Johnston eyes Kessel with Sidney Crosby to start


Much discussion all summer has been who should Phil Kessel play with, Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin?
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The answer is Sidney Crosby, at least to start.

Head coach Mike Johnston indicated moments ago at the Penguins team golf outing said that he is leaning towards starting Kessel with Crosby — Patric Hornqvist playing with Evgeni Malkin –.

While the top-2 right winger spots are locked in, lots of competition in camp on the left side.

Penguins coaches feel the best case scenario is Chris Kunitz showing signs of being the Kunitz from 13/14, playing him with Crosby and Kessel, with David Perron anchoring the second line left wing spot.

Nonetheless, Kunitz, Perron, Sergei Plotnikov will be in the mix for the top-2 left wing spots and Pascal Dupuis is also left wing capable.

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