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…
*Fleury will start in goal