Thursday, September 30, 2010
This is part 1 of a three part series that will explore what this blogger thinks the Opening Night lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins will look like against the cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Projected First Line:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
The first line brings a ton of speed and solid defense to the Penguins. Kunitz provides a hard-hitting up-tempo game, while Crosby is one of the best players in the NHL. He can score, pass, play defense, and win faceoffs. The other winger that I think will make up this line, is the speedy and hard-shooting Pascal Dupuis.
Projected Second Line:
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
I can't express how excited as a Pens fan I am at the potential for this line. Comrie looks completely reinvigorated centering Malkin and Tangradi, through training camp and the Preseason, so far. It already appears that Malkin and Comrie have a great read on one another and are quickly building a great deal of chemistry. Tangradi is a long needed and missing component of the Penguins offense, a net presence, who can actually score. This blogger believes that Tangradi will get a legitimate shot on the 2nd line, until Jordan Staal returns from his injury.
Projected Third Line:
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Arron Asham
What a scary line this could be for the opposition. Asham and Cooke are dangerous players on the ice, and not just in the physical way. Letestu will most likely get a chance to prove his worth on this line, until Staal comes back, which will provide a shakeup between the 2nd and 3rd lines, depending on performances up to that date.
Projected Fourth Line:
Craig Adams - Max Talbot - Mike Rupp
This is what you want out a fourth line. Hard-hitting and aggressive, with a bit of a scoring touch.
- Jordan Staal (IR) - out until further notice.
- Tyler Kennedy - I just don't think he currently has a spot or need on this team to fill.
- Eric Godard - He'll be inserted in certain games when necessary.