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Game Preview: Pens-Jackets (Game 4)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens face the Blue Jackets in Columbus in an elimination Game 4 setting. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Jackets

SERIES: 3-0 PIT

TIME: 7:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: Nationwide Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens look to eliminate the Blue Jackets and advance to the Second Round with a victory in Game 4 … The last team that Pittsburgh swept in the playoffs was Carolina in the 2009 Eastern Conference Final … Rookie Jake Guentzel recorded his 1st career playoff hat trick, including the game-winning OT score, in Game 3. He has 4 goals and 5 points in his past 2 games … Evgeni Malkin leads the Pens in scoring with 6 points (2G-4A) … Pittsburgh injuries: Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Matt Murray (lower-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body) … Cam Atkinson, the team's regular-season leading scorer, posted 2 goals for the Jackets in Game 3 … Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski is out for the remainder of the season after being hit in the face by a puck in Game 3 … Matt Calvert returns for Columbus following his 1-game suspension … Columbus injuries: Clarkson (back), Murray (hand), Sedlak (upper-body), Werenski (face).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Blue Jackets will have Sedlak, Quincey, Nutivaara and Calvert in the lineup. Out are Hartnell, Harrington and Werenski.

*The Pens had full attendance of their healthy players at the morning skate. None of their injured players took part.

*The Pens had a status quo workflow…

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*Fleury will start in goal 

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