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Penguins' Maatta could be scratched for Game 2

Pittsburgh coach said sixth defenseman will be game-time decision vs. Lightning

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta could be a healthy scratch for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Consol Energy Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said his sixth defenseman would be a game-time decision, but Maatta remained on the ice after the rest of the regulars left, including defenseman Justin Schultz. He has played three games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, most recently in against the Washington Capitals Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Schultz refused to comment when asked if he was playing in Game 2.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Maatta has one assist and is a minus-2 in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games. He missed three games against the Capitals in the second round because of an upper-body injury sustained on a hit by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik in the first period of Game 2.

He was a minus-1 in 13:23 of ice time in Game 1 of the conference final.

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