Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk
will play in Game 5 Friday against the Penguins. Zac Rinaldo
is a healthy scratch.
Van Riemsdyk hasn't played since breaking his left foot on March 1 when he blocked a shot by Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina
. He has been practicing with the team and was considered a game-time decision; he will make his 2012 playoff debut and start on a line with Matt Read
and Jakub Voracek
The Flyers can close out the series with a win Friday at Consol Energy Center, where they are 7-1-0 since the building opened.
Van Riemsdyk had 24 points in 43 regular-season games. He has missed the last 23 games, including 19 in the regular season and the first four of this series.
The Penguins will have James Neal
and Craig Adams
back in the lineup after both sat out Game 4 while serving their one-game suspensions.
Pittsburgh will again use seven defensemen, as it did in Game 4. Simon Despres
and Brian Strait
remain in the lineup with Brooks Orpik
, Kris Letang
, Zbynek Michalek
, Matt Niskanen
and Deryk Engelland
. Ben Lovejoy
is the healthy scratch among the Penguins' blueliners.
and Joe Vitale
, both of whom played in Game 4, will not play in Game 5. Paul Martin
won't play for the second straight game due to an undisclosed injury.
will start in the Flyers net after giving up five goals on 18 shots before getting pulled 3:07 into the second period Wednesday. Marc-Andre Fleury
will start in the Penguins net.
Here are the lines and defense pairs per pregame warmups:
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
- Danny Briere
- Wayne Simmonds
James van Riemsdyk
- Matt Read
- Jakub Voracek
- Sean Couturier
- Eric Wellwood
- Braydon Coburn
- Erik Gustafsson
- Pavel Kubina
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Sidney Crosby
- Pascal Dupuis
- Jordan Staal
- Tyler Kennedy
Eric-Tangradi - Craig Adams
- Kris Letang
- Zbynek Michalek
- Deryk Engelland
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