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New-look lines for Pens amid AHL recalls.

Since the Penguins have recalled four players from the AHL, perhaps a look at the line rushes from this AM practice is worth a short blog update:

Pascal Dupuis-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy

Mike Rupp-Max Talbot-Chis Conner

Ryan Craig-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Brett Sterling-Dustin Jeffrey-Eric Godard/Nick Johnson

= About that last night, if Johnson gets the call over Godard, shall we call it the “Baby Line”?

= Vitale would be making his NHL debut. He is a prospect that Tom Fitzgerald, the Penguins assistant to the general manager, has raved about in the past.

= Sterling has arguably been one of the Baby Penguin’s best players, recording 18 goals, 39 point and a plus-12 rating.

= Johnson is the Baby Penguins’ leader in goals, 20, with 10 on the power play. In past recalls to the NHL he has generally impressed.

= Ryan Craig is a tested veteran, so this stage won’t be too big for him.


Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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