Van Riemsdyk hasn't played since breaking his left foot on March 1 when he blocked a shot by Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina. He has been practicing with the team and was considered a game-time decision; he will make his 2012 playoff debut and start on a line with Matt Read and Jakub Voracek.
The Flyers can close out the series with a win Friday at Consol Energy Center, where they are 7-1-0 since the building opened.
Van Riemsdyk had 24 points in 43 regular-season games. He has missed the last 23 games, including 19 in the regular season and the first four of this series.
The Penguins will have James Neal and Craig Adams back in the lineup after both sat out Game 4 while serving their one-game suspensions.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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