According to the Penguins' Web site, defenseman Brooks Orpik (above, left) will be back in the lineup tonight. Orpik has not been in the lineup since suffering what was reported to be a groin injury Jan. 19 against the Ducks. He will replace Hal Gill.
EN Says: We like seeing Orpik back in the lineup. He's easily the team's most physical defenseman. But not at Hal Gill's expense. After looking a little rusty after coming off an injury, Gill seemed to have starting rounding back into form as of late.
Why not sit Philippe Boucher? We're still baffled at why Boucher still commands a starting roster spot at the moment. We're officially annointing Philippe Boucher as the new Michel Ouellet. He's a player Michel Therrien seems to have endless loyalty to.
New Jersey is a team that likes to attack on onffense so maybe the thinking is Boucher's better skating ability offers them an advantage over Gill.
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