GAME 4 LINEUP BUZZ
The Pittsburgh Penguins do anticipate James Neal returning to the lineup for Game 4, a source says. Neal has been dealing with an ankle/foot injury he suffered in Game 1 that is not serious. A decision on Neal will come from team personnel after the morning skate, but expectations in team circles is that Neal is a go tonight.
Meanwhile, word is defenseman Brooks Orpik is pushing very hard to play tonight and one team source called him a “good bet” to play tonight. The team, though, could overrule Orpik here and sit Orpik for one more game. Orpik has missed the Penguins last five games due to a lower body injury.
If there’s one player the Penguins have missed it’s Orpik who the Penguins hope can solve some of their defensive zone issues they’ve had this series.
Brandon Sutter, Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow are not skating this morning for the Penguins. It’s highly unlikely that the team will provide any update on the three.