May 11, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy (48) celebrate Orpik

Kennedy to Second Line; Despres to Bench


The Penguins are taking a little different approach in tonights game versus the Winnipeg Jets.

Shelly Anderson of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that forward Tyler Kennedy will join Evgeni Malkin and James Neal on the second line as the sixth forward.  This most likely means Eric Tangradi will be moved to Kennedy’s spot on the third or play on the fourth line.

So far this season, Kennedy has logged one goal in three contests. With Kennedy’s fast tempo, the Pens are hoping he is able to mesh in better with the second line than Tangradi did.

We’ve seen Kennedy here in the past, it just hasn’t clicked. But hopefully with his NHL experience and better understanding for each teammates game, he will be able to adapt fluently this time around.

In other news – Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that the Pens will also sit struggling young defenseman Simon Despres tonight. Instead, Ben Lovejoy will be the name the Pens put out there in his spot.

Lovejoy has seen action with the Pens the past two seasons. While he only collected five points (1G, 4A) last season, Lovejoy got injured sporadically and still was able to hold a plus-3 rating.

The Penguins have yet to reveal who he’s playing with, but the assumption is that it will be Deryk Engelland. All the other lines tonight should be no different.

Keys to winning tonight will be without a doubt limiting the number of penalties. We’ll find out if they can at 8 p.m.


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