Pittsburgh Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Penguins lead series 3-2
Root Sports, NBCSN, FS-O, CBC, RDS – 7:00 pm/et
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
The Blue Jackets are on the brink of elimination. However, if there is a theme to this series, it’s “comebacks.” The Pens will need to play a strong game in order to win tonight. They played very well in game five.
Bobrovsky certainly kept the Blue Jackets in the game. He faced 50 shots and made 48 saves. Will he put on another performance like that tonight? And will it be enough to stop the Pens? Crosby and Malkin might play together once again in an attempt to create some offense. It certainly worked in game five. It’s unlikely that Brooks Orpik will play tonight.
Does this one end in Columbus or does it head back to Pittsburgh for game seven?
Penguins: Paul Martin (0G, 8A, 8P)
Blue Jackets: Ryan Johansen (2G, 4A, 6P)
Likely Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (3-2-0, 2.78 GAA, .911 Sv%)
Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky (2-3-0, 3.00 GAA, .916 Sv%)
What Happened in Game Five: Recap
“By the time the third period rolled around, Crosby and Malkin were dictating the game when they were on the ice instead of a second-rate player like Dubinsky.
Real quick: One of the main stories in this series has become the amount of idiotic penalties the Blue Jackets are taking. It just makes no sense at all.
Now the Penguins go to Columbus with a 3-2 series lead. Game 6′s on the road aren’t the easiest thing to win, and NWA is going to be a madhouse. Given the way this series has gone, we’d put money on this series coming to CONSOL for a Game 7.
But the Pens fan in us realizes how stunning it is that neither Malkin or Crosby has scored a goal in five games so far, and it would be hilarious if they go off in Game 6 and crumble The 5th Line.”
Opposition Blog: The Cannon
What They’re Saying: “Backs Against The Wall”
“OK, so here we are: for the first time in more than five years, the Jackets face a win-or-go-home game in the playoffs. In that 2009 series, a largely overmatched Jackets squad rose up and gave their best effort of the series. The 2014 Jackets will need to do the same, after Saturday night the Penguins flexed their muscles and smothered Columbus.
It’s going to take 60 minutes tonight. All out, all the time. As the Stars and Ducks proved last night, 58 minutes isn’t good enough, no matter how well you play in those 58 minutes. Columbus needs their most complete effort.
They won’t have their “complete” roster to do it, however. R.J. Umberger is out with his bevy of injuries, and for some unknown reason Jared Boll is the choice to replace him. I do not like this move. Boll isn’t quick, and while physical his lack of quickness is a huge detriment in this series against the Penguins. I just don’t get it.
On defense, Nikita Nikitin is out, and Nick Schultz is in, playing with James Wisniewski. I like this move, and the shuffling of pairs. Coach Todd Richards is putting his best four defensemen from this series into the top-four. It’s a smart move.
It looks like Brooks Orpik remains out for Pittsburgh.”
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Marc-Andre Fleury once again.
Blue Jackets Player(s) to Watch: Sergei Bobrovsky. He’ll need to be a wall in order to give Columbus a shot.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game:
Gotta go with The Baby. We wish that someone would have flown him to Columbus.
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Beau Bennett – Brandon Sutter – Joe Vitale
Tanner Glass – Marcel Goc – Craig Adams
Kris Letang – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Robert Bortuzzo
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Columbus Blue Jackets lines from Daily Faceoff:
Boone Jenner – Ryan Johansen – Jack Skille
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno – Artem Anisimov – Blake Comeau
Derek MacKenzie – Mark Letestu – Jared Boll
Jack Johnson – Fedor Tyutin
Nick Schultz – James Wisniewski
Ryan Murray – David Savard