The Penguins lineup for Saturday will include forwards Crosby, Malkin, Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal, Janne Pesonen, Ryan Stone, Kris Beech, Jeff Taffe, Miroslav Satan, Petr Sykora, Bill Thomas and Eric Godard; defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Ben Lovejoy, Alex Goligoski, Brooks Orpik, Mark Eaton and Darryl Sydor; goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin.
Based on practice, I'm guessing Taffe will center a third line with Pesonen and Thomas, Beech will work between Stone and Godard on the fourth, and Eaton will pair with Lovejoy on the blueline. That leaves the remaining players partnered up with the guys they've worked with all camp.
Damian Cristodero reports Tampa's lineup is as follows:
Goaltenders -- Mike Smith, Karri Ramo. Forwards -- Jussi Jokinen, Radek Smolenak, Evgeny Artyukhin, David Koci, Steven Stamkos, Zenon Konopka, Wyatt Smith, Ryan Craig, Michel Ouellet, Brandon Bochenski, Jason Ward, Chris Lawrence. Defensemen -- Andy Rogers, Janne Niskala, Matt Smaby, Jamie Heward, Vladimir Mihalik, Andrew Hutchinson.
Big difference in the two. I'm surprised Stamkos is pretty much going out there on his own. Then again, I suppose I should never by suprised by a Barry Melrose decision.
With these lineups, the Pens should dominate the game. The only way that doesn't happen is if the Pens just go through the motions and sleepwalk most of the night. I'd like to think that wouldn't happen with a Therrien-coached team, but even if it did, there's a good chance the Pens god win on talent alone. You don't want to start of the preseason by setting bad precedents though.