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    Penguins' David Perron: Skates on second line Monday

    Perron skated with Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist during Monday's practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Perron replaces Sergei Plotnikov, who dips down to the third line. Perron brings a talented shot to Malkin's line, so if he's motivated then he could stick with the second unit for an extended period of time. The problem is that he appears disinterested all too often. Regardless, he sees a fantasy bump if for no other reason than his new linemates.

  • Skates with Sidney Crosby on PP

    News: David Perron skated on the Pens' first power-play unit Monday along with Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang.
    Analysis: The Penguins are testing out a two-unit approach to the power play in practice. If it sticks then David Perron could benefit by playing with what amounts to a top unit sans Evgeni Malkin. At even strength Perron is expected to skate with Nick Bonino and Beau Bennett.
  • Impresses Coach Johnston Friday

    News: Pens coach Mike Johnston said he was pleased with David Perron's physical play Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: "I like when he plays with that emotion, as long as his emotion doesn't go overboard into penalty trouble," Johnston said. "But he played a hard game. Because when you play like that, your skill's going to take over. We need that passion, that energy, that compete from him every night." Eventually David Perron will get another chance playing with Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby but for now he'll skate as a bottom-six winger.
  • Skates Fourth Line Friday

    News: David Perron may start the season skating as a bottom-six forward for the Penguins.
    Analysis: Coach Mike Johnston said that the team will roll both the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lines Friday and David Perron is skating on the fourth line. The Penguins coach added that nothing is set in stone but it appears Perron will have to work his way back up the ladder after a disappointing 2014-15.
  • Pens' Perron Suffering From Rib Injury

    News: David Perron indicated Sunday that he had been playing through a rib injury in the playoffs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: David Perron may require some type of surgery in the offseason, but it doesn't sound as though it would be anything impacting his availability for the start of the 2015-16 season. The winger finished the 2014-15 campaign tallying 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) between the Oilers and Penguins over 81 games.
  • Pens' Perron Moves From Crosby To Malkin

    News: David Perron will play on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz on Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: "It will be different," David Perron said. "Geno likes to cycle a lot in the offensive zone and move around a lot. I'm excited about playing with him for the first time." Perron hasn't scored a goal in 10 games. Blake Comeau will drop to the third line.
  • Pens' Perron Scores In Shootout

    News: David Perron went pointless with a minus-1 rating Sunday but scored a shootout goal to help give Pittsburgh a 3-2 win over the Sharks.
    Analysis: Although he skated only 10 minutes and played primarily on the fourth line (due to illness), his goal in the shootout may have been his most important shot in a Penguins sweater. David Perron has struggled to light the lamp lately, collecting three goals in his last 21 contests.
  • Penguins' Perron Set To Play Sunday

    News: David Perron (illness) is slated to play Sunday against the Sharks, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: David Perron, who missed Saturday's game against the Coyotes, was considered iffy for the contest, but he's present for warmups on Sunday and thus in line to give it a go for the Penguins, after all.
  • Pens' Perron (Illness) Doubtful Sunday

    News: David Perron (illness) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Sharks, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: David Perron missed Saturday's contest with an illness, and it appears Sunday could bring the same result. If that turns out to be the case, Blake Comeau could once again move into the top-six forwards.
  • Pens' Perron To Sit With Illness Saturday

    News: David Perron will miss Saturday's game against the Coyotes with an illness, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Though the Penguins will welcome back two of their top-six forward to the lineup Saturday in Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed), they'll be without the services of another in David Perron. After a hot start to his Penguins career upon being acquired from the Oilers in early January, Perron has cooled off considerably over the last few weeks. He's supplied only six points in March, with none coming in his last five games.