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Penguins Practice: Sullivan Demotes Kapanen to 4th Line, POJ In Lineup? (+)



Pittsburgh Penguins, Kasperi Kapanen, John Marino

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ offensive woes led to three straight lopsided losses as the Penguins struggled to create enough Grade A chances and struggled even more to finish any chances. Kasperi Kapanen and Jake Guentzel have combined for just one goal this season, and on Monday head coach Mike Sullivan sent a little message.

Yet another tough-love message to potentially star winger Kapanen.

Sullivan dropped Kapanen to the fourth line with Brian Boyle and Drew O’Connor. Danton Heinen, who had a cracking performance on Saturday against New Jersey, was elevated up to the second line. Heinen leads the team with four goals in eight games.

“I think Kappy’s game has just been inconsistent. I think there’s been some games where he’s played really well, and I think he has an impact…His speed is noticeable. He’s a threat when he’s on the ice. He makes good decisions with the puck,” Sullivan began. “…and he’s had other moments when he hasn’t…

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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.