The Pittsburgh Penguins currently hold a 2-1 lead over the New York Islanders and they may receive a huge boost for tonight’s Game 4. Forward James Neal and defenseman Brooks Orpik are expected to return to the Pens lineup tonight.
Neal and Orpik were full participants at the morning skate, and Neal put in work on the club’s top power-play unit. Nine of his 21 goals during the regular season came via the man-advantage. Orpik joined Paul Martin, his usual defense partner, during rushes at the morning skate, which would suggest he’s ready to go.
Neal was injured in Game 1 of the series, while Orpik has not played in a game since April 23. Both of their returns will be very welcomed. Neal is expected to join Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla on the second-line.
The Pens and Islanders drop the puck at 7 p.m. ET at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.