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Penguins roll with seven defensemen in Game 4

Apr 18, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

Scott Hartnell, Zbynek Michalek AP

There were serious questions about what the Pittsburgh Penguins’ suspension-depleted lineup will look like tonight, but the warm-ups cleared things up. Defense has been a huge issue for Pittsburgh and while Dan Bylsma cannot guarantee the quality will improve, they’ll be more quantity. Josh Yohe reports that these seven defensemen will suit up:

Kris Letang, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik, Simon Despres, Brian Strait, Deryk Engelland and Matt Niskanen.

Ben Lovejoy won’t be in the mix.

Meanwhile, Shelly Anderson wonders if forward Dustin Jeffrey was passed over because of a mean case of the cooties. Let the speculation begin.

  1. philly4lyfe - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    And they’re already losing.

    • pensswag91 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      What was that?

  2. jucam1 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Wooooooooo!!!!!! Loving the “Crosby Sucks” chants…..

  3. pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Let’s Go Cryers! Let’s Go Cryer’s!

    Nice dive Danielle!!!

  4. pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Mario to his team today: Don’t go out there and even so much as SNEEZE in their direction or Laviolette and Berube will cry. We don’t want that no. Do we?

    Broadstreet Bullies? Ha! More like London Bridges “We All Fall Down”.

    • ezekiahjones - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Don’ t think the Flyers have cried at all about the dirty penguins. Hair pulling on Sunday and tonight they’re resorting to low blows, they do realize this is a men’s league right?

      • pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

        You just cried again. And yes. It sure is a men’s league. Lots of girls dressed in red laying down on the ice Sunday looking for Acadamey Awards.

      • ezekiahjones - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        I’m not crying just stating the obvious

      • pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        Just crying the obvious.

  5. philly4lyfe - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I dont think those extra d-men are helping.

    • cba77 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      ….Sorry, Flyers would be losing to any other playoff team…problem is Fluery is the only goalie worse than theirs…this is pathetic.

      As a Bruins Fan, I hope to play Philly

  6. kitshky - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Does either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia know how to play Defense? I don’t care if they sweep there’s no way Philly is winning a cup with D like this..

  7. HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Really? I don’t see any Defensemen at all. And I think they forgot to put their goalie in…

  8. back2backbees - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I agree with the pineapple puck. Neither one of these teams makes it past the next round.

  9. HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Maybe I need to change my screen name. That’s great.

    • back2backbees - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Have at it…mahalo (sp?)

  10. kunk24 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    6-3 . The Cryers will be crying

  11. philly4lyfe - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    How in the world can you complain about flops? Did you forget about this gem?

  12. philly4lyfe - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I love how letang always acts like he’s just been shot, then once he sees the refs arm go up, he’s miraculously cured once he just stretches it out a bit. The one after that great save by bryz in gm 3 when read nudged him slightly was my personal favorite.

    • pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      More crying now??? COME ON???

    • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Are you kidding, Hartnell and his manly perm have won best supporting actress like five times now, every single time they get even brushed they hit the ice, Philly dives more than soccer players.

  13. pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Eh? Uh? Who’s being dirty now? Come on now girls? Yep. It’s Matt Read.

  14. pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I have a friend who refused to watch the game tonight and I can’t text him the scores fast enough…

  15. pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM


  16. tonyromoisterrible - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Letang shouldn’t be out there.

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