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Pittsburgh Penguins Brian Dumoulin

“If I’m a defenseman and looking for a partner to play with, it’s easy to point to (Brian Dumoulin) as that guy,” — Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan.

Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin is likely to return to the lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena. And, he’s likely to assume the spot beside Kris Letang that he’s inhabited for the better part of the last four seasons.

Brian Dumoulin is the guy that balances the highwire act. The 6-foot-4-, 207-pound defenseman takes care of the puck, clears the net, and allows Kris Letang to do what Kris Letang can do more often.

Dumoulin’s absences over the past two seasons have forced the Pittsburgh Penguins to use others. It probably will not shock you to know that former Penguins defenseman (trigger warning) Jack Johnson did not have good numbers, advanced or regular, with Letang. P.O. Joseph had OK numbers in sheltered minutes, but Marcus Pettersson became the latest sacrificial lamb beside Letang.

Mike Sullivan offered more insight.

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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.