NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders (Game 6)

By Stephanie Lewark
Charles LeClaire – USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Round 1, Game 5 of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders will be televised locally on ROOT Sports – Pittsburgh and nationally on RDS, TSN and NBC Sports Network. Face off is set for 7:00pm (est) at Nassau Coliseum.

After Tomas Vokoun‘s stellar performance in goal for the Penguins in Game 5 against the Islanders this past Thursday, the question remains who will be starting in the net tonight.  Head coach, Dan Bylsma will not confirm whether it will be Vokoun or Marc-Andre Fleury.  The argument for either could go either way, so we won’t know how Bylsma resolves the issue until game time tonight.

Bylsma told the media at the start of the playoffs that discussion of lines was off limits, so the projected line combinations are based on this morning’s skate, as usual:

FORWARDS: Pascal DupuisSidney CrosbyJarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal, Brenden MorrowBrandon SutterMatt Cooke, Craig Adams-Joe Vitale-Tyler Kennedy, Tanner Glass-Jussi Jokinen-Beau Bennett (Dustin Jeffrey); DEFENSEMEN: Brooks OrpikPaul Martin, Kris Letang-Simon Despres, Douglas Murray-Matt Niskanen, Mark Eaton-Deryk Engelland (Robert Bortuzzo).

Power play Unit 1: Letang, Iginla, Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz/Neal;
Power play Unit 2: Niskanen, Martin, Dupuis, Kennedy, Morrow.

The projected starting goalie in net for the Penguins tonight is Vokoun.

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FORWARDS: Matt Moulson – John Tavares – Brad Boyes, Josh Bailey -Frans Nielsen – Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner – Keith Aucoin – Colin McDonald, Eric Boulton – Casey Cizikas – Matt Martin; DEFENSEMEN: Justin Faulk – Travis Hamonic – Andrew MacDonald, Matt Carkner – Thomas Hickey, Mark Streit – Brian Strait.

Evgeni Nabokov is the starting net minder for New York tonight.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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