Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
announced after the morning skate Wednesday that defenseman Paul Martin
will not play in Game 4 against the Flyers because of an undisclosed injury.
Bylsma said the rest of the Penguins lineup will be a game-time decision, but he referred to rookie defenseman Simon Despres
as having an opportunity Wednesday night.
"I think you're going to see Simon step up in a big way," Bylsma said.
also did not skate Wednesday morning, but there was no reason given for that and his status for Game 4 is up in the air. If he can't play, Brian Strait
will be in the lineup. He has been a healthy scratch for the first three games.
, Eric Tangradi
and Joe Vitale
all will likely play for suspended players James Neal
, Arron Asham
and Craig Adams
. Vitale played in Games 1 and 2 before being benched for Game 3 in favor of Richard Park
. Tangradi played one game in the playoffs last season while Jeffrey will be making his playoff debut.
In the regular season, Jeffrey had six points in 26 games and Tangradi had two points in 24 games. Despres had four points in 18 games.
"It's guys that have played for us and been in roles for us," Bylsma said. "It's a big game, obviously a huge game for them to get dropped into, but they know exactly what to do and what is expected, where they fit in and they've done that for us before."
Here is what the Penguins forward lines looked like in the morning skate:
- Sidney Crosby
- Pascal Dupuis
- Evgeni Malkin
- Tyler Kennedy
- Jordan Staal
- Matt Cooke
- Joe Vitale
- Richard Park
The Penguins rotated their defensemen and since it is unclear if Michalek will play it's too difficult to determine the pairings.
will get the start in net after being pulled following the second period of Game 3. Fleury has allowed 17 goals on 84 shots in this series and has a 6.34 goals-against average and .798 save percentage.
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