PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins
defenseman Paul Martin
will sit out Game 5 of his team's Easern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers
on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) with an undisclosed injury.
Martin also sat out Game 4. The injury could stem back to a hard hit he took from the Flyers' Brayden Schenn
in the first period of Game 3.
With Martin out and three players suspended for Game 4 -- forwards Craig Adams
, Arron Asham
and James Neal
-- coach Dan Bylsma
went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, something he almost never does. But Bylsma hinted following the morning skate Friday that he could use the same scheme in Game 5, even though Adams and Neal will play.
Rookie defensemen Simon Despres
and Brian Strait
played in Game 4, as did defense regulars Brooks Orpik
, Kris Letang
, Zbynek Michalek
, Matt Niskanen
and Deryk Engelland
. Niskanen had a goal and an assist as Pittsburgh won 10-3 to keep the series going.
"Paul is a second (unit) power-play guy and plays a lot of minutes in defensive situations," Bylsma said. "Having seven the last game, we were able to use guys in different spots. We could use Brian Strait
for some of those minutes and have Simon Despres
for the second power-play unit, which he filled in on and did a good job on. That’s why it was a positive thing and could be [Friday]."