EC would be better between MO and Malone, that, in theory, is a scoring line that should also be defensively repsonsible. That would leave BGL, Talbot and Ruutu as your 3rd line. I'd still go a step further and put Thorburn or Petro with malone and EC so give them some more grit, and MO would be left out completely.
I tend to favor the latter suggestion than the former, as I have a hard time seeing the combination of MO, Malone, and EC as defensively responsible. I think that Talbot is critical for the balance that the "3rd line scoring" would need. If you want to bench MO, that is fine. I do however, think this is moot as Ekman will be muddying the waters when he returns.