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Penguins recall four forwards

Craig, Johnson, Sterling and Vitale summoned from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Ryan Craig, Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling and Joe Vitale from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

The recent call-ups are part of an on-going reshuffling of the forward lines for the Penguins, who are currently dealing with injuries or suspensions to seven forwards.

The NHL recently suspended winger Matt Cooke for four games. Cooke’s suspension comes on the heels of center Evgeni Malkin’s season-ending knee injury. Center and captain Sidney Crosby is out indefinately while recovering from a concussion, rookie center Mark Letestu is out for another month with a knee injury, forwards Aaron Asham and Chris Kunitz are out for at least a few more days, and center Mike Comrie could mess the rest of the year with a hip injury.

Forwards Eric Tangradi and Tim Wallace were reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier this week.

Johnson, 25, leads WBS with 20 goals while placing second (tied) with 39 points in 48 games. He also has a team-high 10 power-play goals.

Sterling, 26, is also tied for second in scoring on WBS with 39 points through 46 contests. He’s posted 18 goals, 21 assists, six power-play goals and a plus-12 rating.

Craig, 29, ranks fourth on WBS with 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists in 49 games.

Vitale, 25, has appeared in 50 games this season for WBS, recording eight goals, 27 points, a plus-12 rating and two shorthanded tallies.

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