Sounds like the Cooke - Staal - Kennedy line is intact and it will be Kunitz - Letestu - Dupuis.
Malkin had moved into Crosby's spot on the top line between wingers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. Rookie Mark Letestu is a candidate to take over the center spot on that line.
"It's going to be a bit of a challenge," Bylsma said. "Mark Letestu's going to have to play a bigger role, Chris Conner, lots of guys are going to have to play some more minutes to fill the void of the 20 minutes and the position that [Malkin] plays for us."
Malkin is averaging 20:09 of ice time and plays on the top power-play unit.
Letestu and Staal are expected to play on the No. 1 power-play unit tonight, something both have done recently, though usually not together. Kunitz will man his usual spot in front of the net.
"The second unit's going to be the different-looking one," Bylsma said.
I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond. We still have MAF, all our D are healthy, and we've got all our PKers, so we might struggle to score but I think we'll be looking forward to the defensive challenge and I'm sure everyone's wanting to show that they can still win games without Crosby and Malkin.
After getting over the depression of not seeing Crosby, I'm actually looking forward to this one.
Might be taking it as an opportunity to showcase him before the deadline. Sooner or later, they need to give this kid a chance to stick at this level or move him to a team for someone who can help their winger situation.
I like it. There will never be a better chance for Jeffrey to show what he's capable of doing at this level, and while Letestu might be the superior NHLer, Jeffrey is more suited towards an offensive role.
Looks like we're going to need some serious scoring from the blueline though, yikes.
This is a crazy season. I'm predicting the most embarrassing loss Brodeur's ever suffered. Not sure what that would be. No real reason behind this either. My reason is a lack of ration. It's unlikely, so it will come to pass.
I'm very excited to see what Jeffrey can do with Kunitz and Dupuis. I think he would have chemistry with Sid, and if he worked with Kunitz and Dupuis, there's a chance he'd work with Sid too since they're all basically the same kind of player.
Hopefully Jeffrey ends with somewhere around 15 or 16 minutes of ice time, to truly see what he can bring to the table, instead of the 8 he got last time.