The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to face off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the Penguins look to go up 3-1 in the series and take a commanding lead. Below are updates on a pair of Penguins veterans, including a potential injury for Brenden Morrow.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe reports that 34-year-old winger Brenden Morrow left the Pens practice today and may be dealing with an upper-body injury after leaving practice early yesterday with the trainer. Morrow hasn’t looked so hot in the playoffs after being a huge factor down the stretch of the regular season, so it is possible that Morrow has been suffering from an injury throughout the playoffs. He has just three points in nine playoff games, and Yohe reports that Morrow will try to play today against the Senators despite the injury.
Center Jussi Jokinen, who has the versatility to play as a winger, is not suffering from an injury, as Yohe writes that Jokinen has “denied speculation” of an injury. Now this is interesting, because he has not played in the last five games for the Penguins, which is something that I am not in favor of. Jokinen is a quality player and somebody Dan Bylsma seems to like, so he should be able to find his way on the fourth line. I expect the Penguins to play Jokinen today, because he has stated he is healthy and is a quality player overall. He said, “It’s not easy to watch in the press box. I just want to play to my strengths and help my team win.”
Jokinen sounds ready to play, and he is the stabilizing, versatile veteran that the Penguins need to deploy in the fourth line today. With Joe Vitale injured and likely not ready to play against the Sens today, playing Jokinen should be an easy move for this team to make.