Pittsburgh To Start Jussi Jokinen For Game 4?

May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) at the face-off circle against the Ottawa Senators during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have amazing depth – so tremendous that they’ve kept forward Jussi Jokinen up in the press box, healthy as ever.

However Jokinen – who hasn’t played since Game 4 against the New York Islanders in round one – could be getting the call for Wednesday’s contest.

Reportedly centering the fourth line between Tanner Glass and Craig Adams in Tuesday’s practice – according to Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website – Jokinen also worked on the Pens second power play unit.

And although head coach Dan Bylsma remains mum towards the game’s starting lineup – the fact Jokinen was participating on a line in practice is a strong indicator he’s going to play in Game 4.

Jokinen has competed in four playoff games so far, registering two assists and skating to a plus-1 rating.

This means forward Joe Vitale will most likely be the odd-man out. Unsure as to why he sat in Game 3, Vitale still has potential to start in Game 4 – but it looks blurry.

Game 4 between the Pens and Sens is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Topics: Pittsburgh Penguins

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