Penguins’ Dominik Simon takes turn on team’s top line

November 20, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan reminded everyone Monday afternoon that he always writes his line combinations in pencil, not pen.

If that’s the case, there are lots of eraser marks around the right-wing spot on the team’s top line.

Dominik Simon was the latest player to line up alongside center Sidney Crosby and left wing Jake Guentzel in practice Monday in Cranberry.

Simon moved into the spot in the middle of Saturday night’s 5-0 victory over Vancouver. He threaded a pass through traffic to set Crosby up for a second-period goal.

“They’re three really good offensive players,” Sullivan said. “They have great instincts. They’re good down low in traffic. They have a great give-and-go game. Dominik’s a guy that is really strong on the puck. He passes the puck extremely well, and he’s another guy that’s real good in traffic, can play that give-and-go game. We’ve used that combination in the past and they’ve had success.”

Guentzel, Crosby and Simon played together in the playoffs last season.

This season, Daniel Sprong, Patric Hornqvist, Bryan Rust and Derick Brassard have all taken their turns on the top line with Crosby and Guentzel.

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