PITTSBURGH PA - DECEMBER 20: Chris Kunitz #14 Evgeni Malkin #71 and Sidney Crosby #87 all of the Pittsburgh Penguins share a celebration after Malkin's second goal of the game against the Phoenix Coyotes in the second period on December 20 2010 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
As anyone can admit, James Neal
was reckless. And he hit guys in the head. He's out for a game, and given how little respect amongst NHL players is these days, that's the right call.
But now the Pittsburgh Penguins have to turn their attention to Game 4. And although we hear words like "do or die" all the time, this truly is win or go home. So what is the best configuration to help that.
Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz have formed the best line in the league this season, but with Neal removed (and Malkin having zero success against Sean Couturier) what's next?
Loading up on the top line with Malkin and Crosby together, I say.
Philly will get their matchups at home. If they want Couturier and Braydon Coburn against Crosby or Malkin, they'll get it. So what's left to lose? If you're gonna go down, go down swinging.
Will Dan Bylsma do it exactly like this? Maybe not. But at this point, why not.