PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will have the same lineup, but expect to be a different team when they face the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Sunday at Consol Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
That means defenseman Brooks Orpik will most likely miss his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury after taking part in the Penguins' optional practice on Saturday.
Pittsburgh did not make any line adjustments during its morning skate on Sunday. Orpik did not return to the ice after skating on his own about an hour before the skate and forward Brian Gibbons (undisclosed) did not work on a line.
Despite the similar look, Pittsburgh realizes its series deficit, the first it has faced in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, needs to result in some sort of change.
"There are times in every game where the momentum swings and you have to find a way to get it back," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "I think a thing that will help us, a lot of guys have been down in series before. I know I have. I've been fortunate enough to be a part of good teams that have won a lot of different series in a lot of different ways.
"Losing Game 1, winning Game 1, whatever it happens to be. You have to just worry about playing the next shift and beating the guy across from you."
Defenseman Matt Niskanen is determined to play a role in the Penguins' improved effort. Niskanen, whose eight points have him tied with forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Paul Martin for the team lead, was not satisfied with his Game 1 performance.
"I made a couple mistakes," Niskanen said. "I'm not happy about it. I hope I don't sound like I'm grumpy today or anything. You have to be realistic and evaluate yourself and use it as motivation for the next game."
"In the playoffs, you have to learn from it quick and have a short memory."
Forward Sidney Crosby had a similarly underwhelming Game 1 and has failed to score a goal in his past 12 playoff games. Although Crosby has remained calm and patient throughout his drought, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Pittsburgh's captain has been frustrated but remains more focused on winning than on personal achievements.
"I think you'd be crazy to think that a player like Sidney Crosby goes that many games and doesn't score a goal and doesn't think about it," Bylsma said. "It would be tough not to. I think he feels the same way that Rob Scuderi does. I think he'd like to have a goose egg not there, but it's all about winning right now.
"If we win tonight and Sid doesn't score a goal, he's going to be a lot happier than if it's the other way around."
Here are the projected lineups for Game 2:
Rick Nash – Derek Stepan – Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Daniel Carcillo
Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Anton Stralman – Marc Staal
John Moore – Kevin Klein
Scratched: Jesper Fast, Ryan Haggerty, J.T. Miller, Raphael Diaz, Justin Falk
Injured: Chris Kreider (hand)
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Beau Bennett – Brandon Sutter – Joe Vitale
Tanner Glass – Marcel Goc – Craig Adams
Paul Martin –Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Rob Scuderi – Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Jayson Megna, Taylor Pyatt, Deryk Engelland, Chris Conner
Injured: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed), Brian Gibbons (undisclosed), Pascal Dupuis (ACL), Tomas Vokoun (pelvis)