June 19, 2024

The Pittsburgh Penguins are facing tougher odds in their playoff pursuit as forward Bryan Rust has been sidelined on a week-to-week basis. With Jake Guentzel already out due to an upper-body injury, scoring goals has become a challenge for the Penguins.

As they gear up to face the Vancouver Canucks, the Penguins will once again have to adjust their lineup.

Projected Forward Lines:
– Reilly Smith – Sidney Crosby – Rickard Rakell: Missing two key players from their top line, the Penguins will rely on Rickard Rakell to complement Sidney Crosby, while Reilly Smith steps into a new role.
– Drew O’Connor – Evgeni Malkin – Valtteri Puustinen: Despite Evgeni Malkin’s scoring drought, his linemates Valtteri Puustinen and Drew O’Connor have been performing well.
– Emil Bemstrom – Lars Eller – Jesse Puljujarvi: With Reilly Smith moved up, Jesse Puljujarvi returns to the lineup alongside Lars Eller and newcomer Emil Bemstrom, who made an impact with a goal in his debut.
– Jansen Harkins – Noel Acciari – Jeff Carter: Despite lineup changes, the fourth line remains unchanged, providing solid defensive play.

Projected Defensive Pairs:
– P.O. Joseph – Kris Letang
– Marcus Pettersson – Erik Karlsson
– Ryan Graves – Chad Ruhwedel

The defensive pairs remain unchanged as the Penguins stick to their current setup.

Starting Goalie:
– Tristan Jarry

Head coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed Tristan Jarry will start in goal for the Penguins, signaling the end of the goalie controversy in Pittsburgh.

Injured Starter Brings Change to Penguins Lineup

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