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01-02-2013, 10:25 AM
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It'll be interesting to see with no Jordan Staal if they change usage of Crosby and Malkin.

Was easy to just use Staal for defensive zone draws and keep 87/71 on the bench until o-zone draws. And that's smarter too. Even though Crosby and Malkin are good players and would do OK with more d-zone starts, it's still preferable to give them (or anyone) more o-zone starts and expect more production.

I'm of the opinion to keep Crosby/Malkin on the bench on the PK- the Pens have had one of the top PK units without them, and I think it's smarter to use the best offensive players in the best offensive situations, of which killing penalties most certainly is not.

Malkin and Crosby play top-10 league wide forward ES minutes per game. I wouldn't reduce that to give them more PK time to tire them out in situations where they probably won't have the puck too much.

Sure, situationally (you need a goal, Sutter is in the box, want Sid to win a big faceoff) I wouldn't staple them to the bench on PK's, but I wouldn't want them in the regular rotation either.

I'm not too worried about the injuries (even though Datsyuk missing most the SCF in 2009 by blocking a shot on the PK is the haunting idea)....I'm more concerned about burning them out by doing a job that guys like Dupuis, Cooke, Sutter and Adams can do and have had a top PK unit in the league.

PK'ing forwards can be pretty replacable and they're probably the least important position on the PK. To that end, I'd rather get Crosby/Malkin a breath to use them at their biggest impact the 5v5 shift that follows a PP where the other team might throw out their 4th line.

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