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.