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Game Preview: Pens-Jackets (Game 5)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens host the Blue Jackets in a Game 5 elimination contest in Pittsburgh. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Jackets

SERIES: First Round, 3-1 PIT

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Although the Blue Jackets avoided elimination with a 5-4 Game 4 victory, the Pens have another opportunity to end their season and advance to the Second Round … Jake Guentzel continues his goal-scoring tear with a 3-game goal scoring streak for 5 total, which includes a Game 3 hat trick … Guentzel ranks 2nd on the team in playoff scoring with 6 points, tied with Phil Kessel (1G-5A) … Evgeni Malkin is pacing the Pens in scoring with 8 points (2G-6A) … Defenseman Ron Hainsey scored his 1st career playoff goal in Game 4 … Pittsburgh injuries: Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Matt Murray (lower-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body) … Markus Nutivaara and Kyle Quincey both made their series debuts in Game 4. Nutivaara scored his 1st career playoff goal, while Quincey recorded 4 hits and 4 blocked shots … The Jackets used depth scoring to win Game 4 with goals from William Karlsson, Josh Anderson, Boone Jenner, Nutivaara … Columbus injuries: Clarkson (back), Murray (hand), Werenski (face).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Pens held an optional morning skate. Notable absentees were Sidney Crosby, Nick Bonino, Ian Cole and Ron Hainsey. 

 

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