Pittsburgh Penguins Will Have New-Look Lineup in St. Louis

WoooooSenior Writer INovember 1, 2008

As an addition to my earlier preview of the Penguins-Blues game tonight at 8:30 EST, here's a quick look at some pregame changes to the Penguins' lineup.

Sidney Crosby will play tonight for the Pens, despite leaving their previous game with an undisclosed injury.

Ruslan Fedotenko will not be in the lineup for Pittsburgh. Fedotenko left practice this morning with an undisclosed injury and has been listed as day-to-day.

Pascal Dupuis, who had been playing on Crosby's right wing, has been placed on injured reserve. Dupuis suffered an undisclosed injury during the Penguins' Oct. 28 matchup against the Sharks.

Janne Pesonen will play for Pittsburgh tonight. He will skate on the teams' second line, alongside Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora.

Mark Eaton will miss his first game of the season, not due to injury, but will rather be a healthy scratch. Darryl Sydor will take Eaton's place on the blue line.

This is perhaps an effort to keep Sydor, who asked Pittsburgh for a trade last week, content with his playing time until Ryan Whitney returns from injury, at which time the Penguins will likely shop Sydor.

With Fedotenko and Dupuis out of the lineup tonight, it is uncertain who will play with Crosby on the first line. My guess is Miroslav Satan will move back up to the first line, a role which he was predetermined to fill when he was signed by Pittsburgh during the offseason.

As for the right wing, my guess is either Tyler Kennedy or Max Talbot get promoted to the top line tonight.

Here's my projection for the Pens' lineup tonight:

Satan-Crosby-Kennedy
Pesonen-Malkin-Sykora
Cooke-Staal-Talbot
Minard-Zigomanis-Godard

Orpik-Scuderi
Gill-Letang
Sydor-Goligoski

Marc-Andre Fleury

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