Monday, October 23, 2006

Malkin up to the 1st line, at least for now; Staal up to 2nd line

Various reports have the Pens practicing today with Crosby centering the 1st line with Armstrong and Malkin on his wings. Jordan Staal was moved up to center the 2nd line with Ekman and Recchi.

I definitely believe that this is a temporary measure, maybe even for the Devils game only tomorrow. I think it's quite possible that they'll have Malkin and Crosby on the 1st line together only to counteract the defensive pressure that John Madden applies on Crosby, as evidenced last week.

Noah Welch was called up today. This could be the beginning of the end for Kris Letang, at least for this year.

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