-- Defenseman Matt Niskanen who has sat out the last two playoff games, is not at full strength and in an ideal situation would sit out at least a couple more games. Niskanen, according to sources, is dealing with a shoulder injury that is causing him a lot of discomfort and the team doesn't know if the appropriate amount of strength is there for him to be able to take a hard hit without re-aggravating the injury like he did against the Bruins.
However, it's an injury Niskanen could play with and with the Penguins on the brink of possibily falling down 0-3, Niskanen is pushing to play tomorrow but it's not clear yet if he will get the OK from team doctors tomorrow.
"Our backs are against the wall, " Niskanen said. "A lot of players play with pain this time of year. Aches and pains and IÃ¢Â€Â™m no different. IÃ¢Â€Â™ve got to get ready and as soon as IÃ¢Â€Â™m physically able, IÃ¢Â€Â™ll make sure I get out there, " he said. "Despite not being close to full strength, if Niskanen can function enough he wants to be out there tomorrow. "Right now itÃ¢Â€Â™s just a matter of strength and being able to do what I need to do out there, " Niskanen said on the injury. "Everybody plays through pain and thatÃ¢Â€Â™s not going to be an issue. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s going to be a functional thing and if I can play the way I need to play without anything holding me back.
FOUR LINES DEEP
-- It was well known coming into this series that the Flyers were going to be threat to score on all four lines and a storyline to emerge though two games is that the Flyers are a four line team and the Penguins don't feel they are.
11 Flyers forwards had over 13 minutes of ice time and over 11:40 of ice time at even strength in Game 2, while Pittsburgh's 4th line of Arron Asham - Joe Vitale and Craig Adams had under 7 minutes of ice time at even strength with Vitale having just 4:19 of ice time and Arron Asham seeing 5:58 of ice time at even strength.