Get ready for first line center Evan Rodrigues

Evan Rodrigues

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) First line center Evan Rodrigues.

Yeah, that’s where the Pittsburgh Penguins are at heading into their fifth game of the 2021-22 NHL season.

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Offseason surgeries to Sidney Crosby and Evgani Malkin put the Pens top two centers on the shelf to start the year.

Now, goalie Tristan Jarry and fill-in top center Jeff Carter have entered COVID protocol; Both are asymptomatic.

That leaves the Penguins with the aforementioned Rodrigues as the new first line center.

It’s not an ideal situation, but head coach Mike Sullivan is confident in E-Rod’s abilities.

During the Thursday practice, Rodrigues centered Jake Guentzel and Kasperi Kapanen; Oh yeah, Bryan Rust is still out on a week-to-week basis.