UNIONDALE, N.Y. --Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wouldn't divulge any information in regard to his lineup for Game 4 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders, but there is a good chance forward James Neal and defenseman Brooks Orpik will return Tuesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).
Neal and Orpik were full participants at the morning skate, and Neal put in work on the club's top power-play unit. Nine of his 21 goals during the regular season came via the man-advantage.
"It's tough sitting out," said Neal, who suffered a lower-body injury during Pittsburgh's 5-0 victory in Game 1. "It's good to be back on the ice and skating with the guys."
"I think Nealer has that ability to get into open areas and he has that great shot," Kunitz said. "His work ethic, ability to hunt down pucks and create turnovers and get pucks out of piles and get it to guys on the ice, it's kind of a grit level that every power play needs."
Should Orpik return Tuesday, he would be making his debut in this postseason. The 32-year-old, who had eight assists and a plus-17 rating in 46 regular-season games, suffered an undisclosed injury during a game against the Buffalo Sabres on April 23.
Orpik joined Paul Martin, his usual defense partner, during rushes at the morning skate, which would suggest he's ready to go.