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Neal on Crosby's line with Malkin out

Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 1:01 PM

By Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Neal on Crosby's line with Malkin out

PITTSBURGH -- The projected lines and defensemen pairings for a game Sunday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning at Consol Energy Center:

LIGHTNING

Cory Conacher - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell

Benoit Pouliot - Vincent Lecavalier - Martin St. Louis

Alex Killorn - Nate Thompson - Tom Pyatt

Richard PanikAdam Hall - BJ Crombeen

Sami Salo - Victor Hedman

Eric Brewer - Matt Carle

Marc-Andre Bergeron - Brian Lee

Anders Lindback

Mathieu Garon

Injured: Ryan Malone, Mattias Ohlund, Matt Taormina

Scratches: Keith Aulie, Brendan Mikkelson, Pierre-Cedric Labrie

The Lightning did not have a morning skate Sunday, but they are expected to stick with the same lineup that produced a 5-2 victory at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday -- with the exception of Lindback being back in goal.

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyJames Neal

Beau BennettBrandon SutterPascal Dupuis

Matt CookeDustin JeffreyTyler Kennedy

Tanner GlassJoe VitaleCraig Adams

Brooks OrpikPaul Martin

Matt NiskanenKris Letang

Simon DespresDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Tomas Vokoun

Injured: Evgeni Malkin

Scratches: Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Boychuk

With Malkin out, Neal moves onto Crosby's wing. Sutter is promoted to the second line, and Dustin Jeffrey slots into a third-line center role. Jeffrey was a healthy scratch for much of the season but had a goal Friday.

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For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

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