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PHN Extra: Pens Forward ‘The Difference Between 3rd & 4th Line…’



Pittsburgh Penguins Daniel Sprong
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Daniel Sprong #41 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck in the second period during the game against the Buffalo Sabres on September 26, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

Saturday morning I had a chat with a Penguins winger about the differences between playing on the third or fourth line. We talked hockey and the difference between playing on different lines. Like most Penguins wingers, this player has seen time on a few lines this season.

With so much hullaballoo about Daniel Sprong and fans clamoring for Sprong to “get a chance to see what he can do,” I’ve been asking some of the players who have succeeded where Sprong has thus far failed. For context, today I did not mention Sprong who has languished this season while fans blame coaches for his line position, but a Penguins forward and I talked specifics about the game and how different lines change those game details.

Yes, playing with Derick Brassard on the third line is different than playing with Riley Sheahan, or Derek Grant on the fourth line. But the insight for the differences was somewhat surprising.

First, I must confess to being partially incorrect when I’ve told fans there isn’t a difference, but those current differences speak to dogma more than the Penguins instructions.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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