PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins lines may not be set in stone. After a pair of winless games against the New York Islanders, the Penguins shuffled their bottom-six forwards.
The Penguins (6-2-3) host the Toronto Maples Leafs (8-5-0) at the PPG Paints Arena, Saturday night. Toronto is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have lost two in a row.
The Penguins are tied atop the Metro Division with the Islanders.
However, when asked by Penguins radio guy Josh Getzoff about the new line combinations and the motivation for them, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan deadpanned, “What were the lines?”
Sullivan held his smirk long enough to see Getzoff squirm to recite the lines but the Penguins lines are still a work in progress. The “SCHutdown” line with Riley Sheahan-Matt Cullen-Patric Hornqvist may have run its course as the Islanders dominated the line and it was broken up Saturday.
Sheahan will return to the third line center with Derek Grant and Hornqvist.
The Penguins lines could be shuffled quickly as Toronto is a talented team, even without the injured Auston Matthews. The Penguins will also be without Derick Brassard who is still out with an undisclosed lower body injury.
Expected Penguins Lines
|Jason Zucker||Sidney Crosby||Conor Sheary|
|Patrick Marleau||Evgeni Malkin||Bryan Rust|
|Evan Rodrigues||Jared McCann||Patric Hornqvist|
|Brandon Tanev||Teddy Blueger||Sam Lafferty|
|Brian Dumoulin||Kris Letang|
|Marcus Pettersson||John Marino|
|Jack Johnson||Justin Schultz|