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Likely lineup for Penguins

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 12:31 PM

By Alan Robinson - Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Likely lineup for Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Here's the Pittsburgh Penguins' likely line combinations for tonight's game against the Dallas Stars (7 p.m., NHLN-US), a matchup of the teams currently leading the Eastern and Western conferences, respectively.

The Penguins are playing their first game since a 3-2 shootout win at Los Angeles on Saturday.
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Richard Park - Arron Asham
Eric Tangradi - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Coach Dan Bylsma rotated his six healthy defensemen -- Paul Martin, Deryk Engelland, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Alexandre Picard and Matt Niskanen -- during the morning skate. Bylsma has been using different pairings since Zbynek Michalek (broken finger) and Ben Lovejoy (broken wrist) have been hurt, and was forced to improvise Saturday when Niskanen didn't play against the Kings because of a lower-body injury.

Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal, with Brent Johnson the backup.
Tyler Kennedy (concussion) skated mostly by himself during the morning practice and will not play. He has been out since Oct. 15. Sidney Crosby (concussion) also took part in the game-day skate, as he has been doing all season, even though he has yet to play in a game. On Thursday, Crosby was ruled out of the Penguins' games this weekend, against the Stars and at Carolina on Saturday.

We'll have more on the Stars' lineup after their skate.

For more on today's game, check out the preview here.
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