Each team engaged in a bit of gamesmanship in pre-game warm-ups, skating 12 forwards and seven defensemen, leaving lineup questions unanswered.
For the Flyers, the only sure thing is defenseman Nicklas Grossmann
will not play. He sustained an upper-body injury in Game 4 and sat out Game 5. He skated Saturday, but apparently wasn't feeling well enough from what teammate Claude Giroux called a concussion to play Sunday
In Grossmann's place, the Flyers had rookies Erik Gustafsson
-- who replaced Grossmann in the Game 5 lineup -- and Brandon Manning
out for warm-ups.
The Penguins have dressed seven defensemen and 11 forwards the last two games in the absence of Paul Martin
(undisclosed injury), but Joe Vitale
skated as the 12th forward, and remains a viable lineup option.
Here is what the lineups could look like when the teams hit the ice for Game 6 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series (Noon ET, NBC, TSN):
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Sidney Crosby
- Pascal Dupuis
- Jordan Staal
- Tyler Kennedy
- Craig Adams
- Kris Letang
- Zbynek Michalek
- Deryk Engelland
If Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
elects to go back to 12 forwards and six defensemen, Joe Vitale
would play on the fourth line with Tangradi and Adams.
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
- Danny Briere
- Wayne Simmonds
James van Riemsdyk
- Matt Read
- Jakub Voracek
- Sean Couturier
- Eric Wellwood
- Braydon Coburn
- Andreas Lilja
- Pavel Kubina
took pre-game warm-ups, and could potentially replace Gustafsson or Kubina on the third pair. The forward that would come out if Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
elected to go with seven defensemen, however, is unknown.
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