Thursday, April 23, 2009

Return of Satan...Sykora Out.

Per the Pens website, there will be some lineup changes tonight for Game 5 between the Pens and Flyers.

Petr Sykora will be out of the lineup tonight. According to Sykora he was "surprised" to find out he wouldn't be playing tonight. Well Petr, you shouldn't be. He has been below average the entire series, hell, it even stems back to the tail end of the regular season. I counted at least 3 times in the Pens 6-3 loss that Sykora had the puck on his tape and he either hesitated too long or double clutched his stick before firing and having it blocked. I realize he may be injured, which is why I'm willing to give him a break. Hopefully a couple days rest will allow Petr to regain his confidence and maybe down a few pain killers.

With Sykora out, the long, much anticipated (I kid, I kid) return of Miro Satan is finally tonight. Satan was playing some of his best hockey prior to being sent down to the minors where he still performed pretty well. I can't say I'm excited to see him back but at the same time, if he comes up and does nothing...he won't be any less than what Sykora was doing right? Ok...maybe he'll do less backchecking...

Other side not, Kris Letang may also not be in the lineup tonight. He's battling another one of those pesky "undisclosed injuries" and will be a game time decision. If he can't go, look for Philippe Boucher to replace him.
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