Penguins To Shake Up Their Lineup

With their offensive struggles, and a 3-6 start to the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins need to do something. Whether today's depth move will help in any way remains to be seen, but the Pens are inserting some speed into the lineup, calling up 8-year veteran Vinnie Hinostroza from the AHL.

Hinostroza, who skated with Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust on the top forward line early at training camp, was off to a hot start at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with four points in five games. 

“I think he utilizes it on both sides of the puck, but he’s a real good pursuit guy with his tenacity and just playing on top of defensemen,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s another one of those guys that I think, just with the speed element and his anticipation skills, he has the ability to make it hard on our opponent’s defensemen – on breakouts, for example.

“He has good offensive instincts. He’s got some scoring touch. He’s a guy that I think checks hard… and he’s a real good pursuit guy with his tenacity.”

He was skating on the fourth line at practice Thursday morning.

Hinostroza has 53 goals, 95 assists and 148 points in 360 NHL games. The 29 year old spent the past two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. 

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