It was a loaded question, to be sure.

Which star center -- Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby -- does Penguns left winger Chris Kunitz prefer or think he's better with?

"Umm ... " Kunitz began.

It's something coach Dan Bylsma will have to determine, perhaps in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Kunitz has been playing on a dynamite top line with Malkin and right winger James Neal for a few months, but he has spent the majority of his Penguins career as the left-hand man to Crosby when they both have been healthy. Crosby has missed most of the past 14 months because of a concussion and neck injury.