NHL Pre-Game Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators (Game 5)

By Stephanie Lewark
Marc DesRosiers – USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Round 2, Game 5 of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators will be televised on RDS, CBC and NBC Sports Network. Face off is set for 7:30pm (est) at CONSOL Energy Center.

Brenden Morrow left practice early Tuesday, did not participate in the optional skate last Wednesday morning and was out of the lineup for the game Wednesday night.  He was back with the team for this morning’s skate, but it is unknown whether or not he will be in the lineup.

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 CrosbyChris Kunitz, Jarome Iginla-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal, Tyler KennedyBrandon SutterMatt Cooke, Craig Adams-Jussi Jokinen-Beau Bennett; DEFENSEMEN: Brooks OrpikPaul Martin, Mark Eaton-Kris Letang, Douglas Murray-Matt Niskanen, Simon Despres-Deryk Engelland/Robert Bortuzzo.

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

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

As a last resort to pull out another win in the series, the Senators are going with Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek on the top line.

The projected starting goalie in net tonight for the Senators is Craig Anderson.

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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