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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 is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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