OTTAWA (7) vs. PITTSBURGH (1)
Ottawa: Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson, Daniel Alfredsson
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz, Jarome Iginla
Ottawa: Kyle Turris, Sergei Gonchar, Milan Michalek, Cory Conacher
Pittsburgh: Brenden Morrow, Paul Martin, Jussi Jokinen, Tomas Vokoun
9 Days Pittsburgh Penguins
Jussi Jokinen may be a healthy scratch Thursday.
He had just 7:29 of ice time in Tuesday's loss and it appears to be likely that Tyler Kennedy and Joe Vitale will see game action for the first time in the postseason in Game 5. If Kenney and Vitale both play then Jokinen and Tanner Glass will probably sit.
14 Days Pittsburgh Penguins
With the return of Sidney Crosby, the Penguins moved Jussi Jokinen to their fourth line.
Jokinen has played well with the Penguins (11 points in 10 regular season games and two points in Game 1 of the playoffs) so it was not a demotion per se. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma believes that Jokinen's versatilty and profesionalism make the shift possible. "When and if you play a reduced amount of minutes, you're not as in the game as much, you're not on the ice as much," Bylsma said. "You have to be mentally prepared for those situations, and I think Jussi's actually done already that for us." That said, Jokinen clearly isn't as valuable from a fantasy hockey perspective playing 10 minutes on the fourth unit. Adjust your roster accordinlgy.
UPDATES: Both Pittsburgh forwards James Neal and Jussi Jokinen appeared to be hurt after last night's game against the Islanders, as they were seen limping out of the locker room. Jokinen appears to be ok, as he was at practice today. Not quite so sure for Neal.
OTTAWA (7) vs. MONTREAL (2)
Ottawa: Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Craig Anderson
Montreal: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price
Ottawa: Kyle Turris, Milan Michalek, Sergei Gonchar
Montreal: Michael Ryder, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais
16 Days Pittsburgh Penguins
Jussi Jokinen joined his Pittsburgh teammates for Thursday's practice after he left Wednesday's game late in the third period.
Marty Reasoner appeared to clip Jokinen's ankle after he stuck his leg out on a missed body check. Jokinen managed to skate off the ice under his own power, but he was favoring his leg after the game. However, in Thursday's session he skated between Tanner Glass and Craig Adams, so he might be fine to play in Game 2 on Friday.
17 Days Pittsburgh Penguins
Jussi Jokinen suffered a right leg injury late in the third period against the Islanders.
Jokinen played the puck then seemed to want to avoid an incoming hit from Marty Reasoner. Instead, though, Reasoner stuck out his leg at the last minute, receiving a kneeing major at 2:10 of the final frame. Jokinen left for the locker room, favoring his right leg. It's a play that could result in some supplementary discipline. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had no update on Jokinen's status.
NY ISLANDERS (8) v.s. PITTSBURGH (1)
Islanders: John Tavares, Mark Streit
Penguins: Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz, Marc-Andre Fleury
Islanders: Matt Moulson, Lubomir Visnovsky
Penguins: Brendan Morrow, Jussi Jokinen, Paul Martin