Miroslav Satan will make his Penguins playoff debut in game five.
According to Penguins.NHL.com, Petr Sykora will not be in the line-up tonight and Satan will suit up in his place.
Satan last played for Pittsburgh in a March 3rd game in Tampa Bay.
"It's a difficult situation. The coach has to make those decisions. They're not easy ones but I'm the guy that gets to make them," said Dan Bylsma. "We feel like this will give us a better chance in certain circumstances, to get a different look. Miro is going to get that opportunity tonight to go in there and play some meaningful minutes for us."
"The decisions that we made today were not based on injuries."
Sykora told the Tribune-Review that he is "perfectly healthy" and seemed surprised by the change.
"I'm surprised," said Sykora. "[Bylsma] told me right before practice that I'm not playing."
"I have no idea why," Sykora said. "I know it's playoffs so lets not talk about personal reasons. Let's talk when the playoffs are over."
Sykora has struggled recently. He has zero points and is a -2 so far in the playoffs. He only had 8:21 in ice time on Tuesday night and did not play at all in the final eight minutes of the game.
Also, Kris Letang, who was injured in game four, will be a game-time decision.
Philippe Boucher will replace Letang if necessary.Add a comment
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Big time performance.
Game 5 is tonight.
But things are deader than...never mind.
That jumped the shark already.
The Pens come back to the Mellon tonight to end this series.
Not so fast, though.
Those who don't learn from history are doomed to get jobbed by it.
It's going to get white inside the Igloo once again.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are calling for a "Whiteout" for game five.
They will hand out white t-shirts and towels to fans as they enter the arena.
Hopefully the Mellon Arena is loud for the game.
"I'm sure they'll answer [the Philadelphia fans]," said Sidney Crosby when asked about the reception he expects when the Penguins return home.
"I'm not worried about that."
If you want a chance to win tickets to game five, become a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Facebook. Find the "Want Tickets to Thursday's Game?" post on the wall and follow the directions.
Mikey and Big Bob from the 96.1FM Freak Show will call the winner and give away the tickets on Thursday Morning.
The game will also be shown on the big, NBC-hating screen outside the arena.
We've all had virtuoso performances in our lives.
Driving to work on three hours sleep.
Finishing a 15-page term paper in the final 24 hours before its due.
Taking a huge dump with only three sheets of toilet paper.
In Game 4, Marc-André Fleury gave his virtuoso performance
in front of 18,000 lunatics on the grandest stage in sports.
And it was glorious.
He showed the Flyers what they don't have:
A semblance of goaltending.
But MAF's Game 4 performance was more than a semblance.
It was Fleury telling everyone that he can take this team wherever it wants to go.
The Flyers were in the right place at the right time all game.
But so was Fleury.
Now, like last year, the Pens can bury the the Flyers at home.
Thursday night. Mellon city.
Bring the noise.
Penguins Lead Series 2-1
7:00PM - Wachovia Center
Nobody really expected a sweep.
The Flyers are jerks, but they know how to play hockey.
Some of them at least.
Being up 3-1 and going back home will be pretty nice.
Mike Richards is an outstanding and inspirational leader.
This series has gotten heated.
It's exactly what people expected.
Tough, hard hitting hockey.
Pointless scrums after every whistle.
Endless jobbing on message boards and blogs.
This is Pittsburgh VS. Philadelphia.
The assault on NBC Sports continues.
Here is their TWITTER feed.
Thanks to Adam for the heads-up.
Can't really do much with it. It's automated.
Also, join the outdoor-screen movement on FACEBOOK.
Big Bob from [KISS FM] sent this interesting stat along
from the [Sports Media Watch]:
NBC drew a 1.7 overnight rating for the Flyers' Game 3 win over the Penguins on Sunday, up a whopping 70% from a 1.0 for Flyers/Capitals in the same timeslot last year. The 1.7 overnight is the best for a non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff game since Game 5 of last year's Conference Finals between the same two teams, which also drew a 1.7 overnight.
NBC will say that is the reason they closed down the big screen,
but if you do the numbers, it doesn't make any sense at all.
CALL TO ARMS
We have a solid Pens fan contingent in the New York City area.
If anyone is up for jobbing the "Today" show with signs
about how NBC hates America and hockey fans, e-mail us.
After the jump, we have to acknowledge
the first time C-Blog has been under attack in a while.
One of the best things about the first round of the playoffs is that there are several hockey games on every night.
Once each series gets to game three the emotions start flowing and the games get interesting.
Which brings us to Rule 6 of our Playoff Manifesto:
Home Ice Bounce Back
Pens fans saw this first hand yesterday.
Once a team loses two games on the road they know losing game three will likely end the series.
Once they're back at home they pull out all the stops, desperately trying to save their season.
Their backs are against the wall and the home crowd is always loud.
Chicago at Calgary tonight at 9:30.
If you haven't seen the "C of Red" you haven't lived.
Whether or not you like the Flames, their playoff crowds are legendary.
Rule Six is in effect tonight.
Bet on Red.
("Red" means Calgary in this case... yes, we know both teams wear red.)