Pens shake up lines tonight vs. Phoenix (Update)

After tying a franchise low with just 11 shots on goal Tuesday night in San Jose, head coach Michel Therrien decided to split up the “offensive sparkplug” of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Through the first 10 games of the regular season, the Pens have allowed 337 shots against, second most to Anaheim, and a -75 shot differential, second worst to Tampa Bay.  Fortunately, these statistics do not represent the team’s record of 5-3-2.  This comes thanks to some terrific goaltending from both Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin.  The Pens have one of the lowest goals against averages in the league, at a mere 2.1, good for third best.

However, the team will have a new look Thursday night versus the Coyotes.  Here is a look at the new lines:

Forwards:

Dupuis Fedotenko-Crosby-Kennedy

Cooke-Malkin-Sykora

Minard -Staal-Satan

Bissonnette Talbot -Zigomanis-Godard

Defense:

Orpik Gill -Scuderi

Orpik -Letang

Sydor Eaton -Goligoski

Goalkeeper:

Fleury

Notes:

Hal Gill practiced with the team today, but his status is still unknown for tonight’s game.  Max Talbot, however, did not practice today and is unlikely to play tonight.

~Dan @ Pittsburgh Puck Talk

UPDATE:

Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard for tonight’s game at Phoenix.  He is expected to replace Pascal Dupuis, who left practice early after being hit by a puck.  Head coach Michel Therrien also announced he expects both Hal Gill and Max Talbot to return tonight.   The new lines above are subject to change, but are the projected starting lines.

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