-- Penguins defenseman Paul Martin
will sit out for the third straight game with an undisclosed injury and the rest of Pittsburgh's lineup will be a gametime decision, coach Dan Bylsma
said Sunday morning prior to Game 6 against the Flyers.
However, don't be surprised to see the Penguins go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen again as they try to stave off elimination for a third time and force a Game 7. They are 2-0 when they play seven blue-liners, and Bylsma said he likes it because it forces him to give his top three centers, Sidney Crosby
, Evgeni Malkin
and Jordan Staal
, more ice time to potentially allow for better matchups even on the road, where he does not have the last change.
He doesn't have to necessarily worry about rolling four lines because he is essentially using only three lines with extra forwards Craig Adams
and Eric Tangradi
taking the odd shift here and there. Adams also plays a key role on the penalty kill.
"Depending on the situation we've seen one of those centermen has played with the two extra forwards to make up a line," Bylsma said. "Yeah, I like going to our big guys as much as we can in a situation like this."
Using the extra defensemen also enables Bylsma to have the option to use an extra body on the power play. It also does not tax his top-four defensemen.
played only 5:33 in Game 5, but he was used a bit on the power play. Brian Strait
played eight minutes, but he got some time on the penalty kill.
"Each guy gives an element that is important," Bylsma said.
If Bylsma goes with seven defensemen again, here is what the Penguins lineup should look like for Game 6:
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Sidney Crosby
- Pascal Dupuis
- Jordan Staal
- Tyler Kennedy
- Craig Adams
- Kris Letang
- Zbynek Michalek
- Deryk Engelland
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