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Jokinen appears likely to return for Pens

May 22, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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A healthy scratch for the first three games of the Penguins-Senators series, Pittsburgh forward Jussi Jokinen could be back in the lineup tonight for Game 4 in Ottawa.

“Jussi is a guy who’s been out of our lineup and you’re sitting on a guy who can make plays, score big goals, he’s a faceoff guy,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma said without confirming that Jokinen would indeed play. “He’s also a guy who would see time on our second power-play unit, as well.”

Pittsburgh’s power play is just 1-for-12 in its past two games — a far cry from the 9-for-25 pace it started the playoffs on.

Per, Jokinen could center a fourth line between wingers Tanner Glass and Craig Adams.

Veteran forward Brenden Morrow may miss tonight’s game with an undisclosed injury.

Pittsburgh leads the series, 2-1.

  1. Stiller43 - May 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Yay! Juicy baby!

  2. steelpenbucs87 - May 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I like the addition of Jokinen to the line up but I would want to see him take the place of Glass. He’s just not bringing anything to the table this series I’m afraid. Roll your bottom 6 with Cooke-Sutter-Morrow/TK (depending on health) then Adams-Jussi-TK/Vitale (depending on health of Morrow)

    • jpelle82 - May 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      morrow should be benched in my opinion and tk should be on the third line as he has earned his way back. doesnt look like thats happening but adams, jokinen, morrow should be the 4th line guys.

  3. bmscalise - May 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I’m confused by the association of Jokinen’s return with the PP, seeing as the Pens already have 7 guys who regularly have 1st PP time without him.

    The issue is that they can’t win a face-off – and he should thankfully help with that.

  4. pizzano7416 - May 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I think the 3rd line should be Morrow Sutter Cooke….Even though has not played well past couple games guy has mad experience and can really use that experience in certain situations to make something good happen.

    4th line should be Kennedy Juicy Vitale.. Kennedy has been playing with a lot fire lately and the skill set of Juicy should help bring out the best in Kennedy. Also gives the 4th line some scoring meat on it. The toughness and checking ability of Vitale also offsets Juicy being more of the speed guy.

    With the 3rd and 4th lines being set up like this, it really gives the Pens a very solid lines 1-4, with great scoring punch on each line which is greatly needed with the way Anderson played last game.

    I really hope the Pens show some killer instinct tonight and win this game. A road win and a 3-1 series lead should really deflate the Sens and put this series away.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      How the heck can you leave Adams in the press box? He’s been an ace on the penalty kill leading the pens in PK icetime with a much improved from the regular season 90% success rate. Grinders like Adams who work night in and night out are who win you the Cup. Nothing flashy but they get the job done.

      Adams can do most of what Vitale can do scoring-wise. If you have Jokinen centering the 4th line you don’t need Vitale in the faceoff circle, and Vitale nor Jokinen will fill Adams’ place on the top PK unit. It all depends upon their opponent. Vitale was a good fit for the Islanders series due to his speed and energy, but once Morrow returns Vitale will likely be the odd man out. Jokinen and Adams’ styles set the Pens up for a higher likelihood of success.

  5. benrob99 - May 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I may be in the minority here, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Sutter in a suit and a tie up in the press box. His face offs and PK duties could easily be handled by Jussi. And he’s not doing anything in the offensive zone.

  6. benrob99 - May 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    BTW… To even CONSIDER running Glass out there is lunacy.

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