Saturday, April 26, 2014
Line combos for Pens-Jackets Game 5
By Scott Burnside
PITTSBURGH -- Looks like there could be a couple of lineup changes on both sides of this hotly contested, back-and-forth series for Game 5 Saturday night.
Although veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik did not skate Saturday morning -- he's been dealing with a nagging but unspecified injury -- he is expected to be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, look for Robert Bortuzzo to take his place, although how the defense pairings might look after that remains fluid.
Given the line rushes over the past couple of days, center Marcel Goc looks to see his first playoff action in Game 5 for the Penguins. He was acquired at the trade deadline from Florida but injured late in the regular season.
How the lines and defense pairings look, assuming Orpik plays:
Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal
Joe Vitale-Brandon Sutter-Beau Bennett
Tanner Glass-Marcel Goc-Craig Adams
Paul Martin-Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi-Matt Niskanen
Olli Maatta-Kris Letang
For the Columbus Blue Jackets, Fedor Tyutin will draw back into the lineup after missing the last two games with an injury. Ryan Murray, who missed Game 4, said Saturday morning he is a game-time decision, although head coach Todd Richards said Saturday morning he is expecting Murray to play.
Here’s a look at the Blue Jackets groupings.
Boone Jenner-Ryan Johansen-Jack Skille
Matt Calvert-Brandon Dubinsky-Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno-Artem Anisimov-R.J. Umberger
Blake Comeau-Derek MacKenzie-Mark Letestu
Jack Johnson-David Savard
Ryan Murray-James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin-Nikita Nikitin