Ladies and gentlemen...your Pittsburgh/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins!!!
With an astonishing list of Malkin, Neal, Bennett, Glass, Ebbett, Letang, Martin, Orpik, Scuderi, Engelland, and Vokoun on the shelf (that's our entire second line as well as our top 2 defensive pairings right there!), here was our starting lineup against Toronto last night:
Chris Kunitz/Sidney Crosby/Pascal Dupuis
Harry Zolnierczyk/Jussi Jokinen/Jayson Megna
Chris Conner/Brandon Sutter/Joe Vitale
Craig Adams/Zach Sill/Chuck Kobasew
Matt Niskanen/Olli Maatta
Robert Bortuzzo/Brian Dumoulin
Simon Despres/Philip Samuelsson
Marc-Andre Fleury/Jeff Zatkoff
Other than the intact top line, itís basically the W-B/S Penguins playing with veterans Jokinen, Sutter, Adams, and Niskanen.
What if last night's lineup against the Leafs played against all the guys who are currently out (when healthy), with the remaining W-B/S players sprinkled in as well?
James Neal/Evgeni Malkin/Beau Bennett
Tanner Glass/Brian Gibbons/Andrew Ebbett
Tom Kuhnhackl/Dominik Uher/Tom Kostopoulos
Bobby Farnham/Adam Payerl/Pierre-Luc Letoureau-Leblond
Kris Letang/Rob Scuderi
Paul Martin/Brooks Orpik
Deryk Engelland/Brenden Mikkelson
Tomas Vokoun/Jeff Deslauriers
I'd actually side with Malkin's I.R. squad in that matchup. Scary how many good players are out.
1. CB Sidney Jones, Washington 6'0" 181
2. FS Budda Baker, Washington 5'10" 192
3. OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston 6'2" 244
4. ILB Connor Harris, Lindenwood 5'11 241
5. RB James Conner, Pittsburgh 6'2" 240
5c. TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas 6'5" 256
6. QB Chad Kelly, Mississippi 6'2" 224
7. WR Demore'ea Stringfellow, Mississippi 6'2" 212
7c. DE Collin Bevins, Northwest Missouri State 6'5" 286
2015 MNF Executive Champion!
Its amazing seeing these young men come In and contribute. The team is playing like just that... a TEAM. GOOOOO PENS !!!!!