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Neal, Orpik likely back for Pens

May 7, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are likely to get two significant additions to the lineup tonight on Long Island. Forward James Neal and defenseman Brooks Orpik are both expected to return from injuries for Game 4 against the Islanders.

Per, Neal should join Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla on the second line, while Orpik was skating with defensive partner Paul Martin at this morning’s on-ice session.

Neal was hurt in Game 1 of the series. It was believed to be an ankle injury.

Orpik hasn’t played since April 23 when he suffered an undisclosed injury against the Sabres.

The Pens lead the Isles, 2-1, in the series.

Related: Isles need improved penalty kill to beat Pens

  1. hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Hopefully Orpik is amped and ready to take the body tonight. Go Pens!

  2. Stiller43 - May 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Both are very welcome additions!!! We need more thump than just Murray!!!

    How about a PP where Jarome friggin Iginla might not even be in the top 3-4 forwardms used, scary!


  3. sportsfreak13 - May 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I am so pumped if this happens. The sad part is that Beau Bennett will probably be scratched now and that’s a lot of talent to leave in the press box. Orpik is a bigger addition then Neal though, because now we can have 6 defensemen who can evenly distribute their minutes. Depres only played 6:46 last game because his 2 poor decisions led to islander goals. With orpik back we don’t have to overplay our Top D.

  4. ironcity6pak - May 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    This is huge for the Pens!! Pens win out now boys!! Orpik is a significant piece of the puzzle

  5. steelpenbucs87 - May 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM



    Iginla and Malkin have no chemistry – you’re hurting both by keeping them togeher.

    • jpelle82 - May 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      iginla is getting pressured the second he touches the puck, they arent respecting him at all right now and he isnt really giving them a reason to. i feel the thumbs down coming but he needs to create some space or do something with the puck…maybe win a one on one here and there…that would be nice.

      • steelpenbucs87 - May 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        See that’s the problem – I agree wholeheartedly with what you’re saying but that’s not the game Malkin plays. Malkin is an improviser – he makes plays and moves throughout the offensive zone and expects his wings to find open space for shots or rebounds. It’s why Malkin, Neal and Kunitz work so well together. A guy like Iginla who is a straight forward player just hasn’t been able to mesh with Malkin because he’s so unpredictable. It’s not his fault – it’s just not his game.

        Crosby on the other hand is a more straight-forward player who could turn Iggy lose. Just look at what Iggy does on the PP when they are playing a much more straightforward style.

  6. thehighcountrybear - May 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    Look for Sid to go behind the Steel Curtain and borrow Troy’s practice helmet…refitted with chicken wire riveted over the face mask in time for the game.

    With Brooks anticipated to get off several of his patented seventy two mile an hour lasers, the entire Islanders defensive corps is considering the same option…

  7. letsgopens8771 - May 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    THANK YOU! If the Real Deal stays healthy this will be an easy series victory for the Pens. I just hope Orpik plays well, because sometimes he is God awful and his play with the puck can screw us over. Big comeback opportunity for him, and please get Despres out.

    GO PENS!!!

  8. sjsharks66 - May 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Maybe Orpik can knock some sense into Letang and Eaton’s heads. How many goals were scored on the pens when they were on the ice, sunday? Too much talent on that defensive pairing to fail like they did.

  9. colossal87 - May 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Here we go with the final addition of our gamechangers back into the lineup. Such a force cannot be stopped. I heard Neal’s mane is looking as vibrant as ever.

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