Penguins vs. Blue Jackets
Penguins Leading Regular Season Scorer: Sidney Crosby (right), 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists).
Blue Jackets Leading Regular Season Scorer: Ryan Johansen (below), 63 points (33 goals, 30 assists).
Penguins Expected Starting Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury, 39-18-5, 2.37 GAA, .915 SV%.
Blue Jackets Expected Starting Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky, 32-20-5, 2.38 GAA, .923 SV%.
Penguins Injuries: Center Evgeni Malkin (foot) is questionable. Center Marcel Goc (ankle) is out. Right winger Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), center Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are on injured reserve.
Blue Jackets Injuries: Left wingers Nick Foligno ("lower body"), R.J. Umberger ("upper body") and defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) is questionable. Right winger Nathan Horton (abdominal) is out.
Penguins with Stanley Cup bling: Craig Adams, RW; Sidney Crosby, C; Pascal Dupuis, RW; Marc-Andre Fleury, G; Chris Kunitz, LW; Kris Letang, D; Evgeni Malkin, C; Brooks Orpik, D; Rob Scuderi, D.
Blue Jackets with Stanley Cup bling: Nathan Horton, LW.
Something worthwhile about the Penguins: The Penguins had the league's best power play this past regular season at a success rate of 23.4 percent.
Something worthwhile about the Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets lost all five regular season games against the Penguins this season.
Something useless about the Penguins that is vaguely connected to the Blue Jackets: Former Blue Jackets goaltender Ron Tugnutt holds the Penguins' record for most saves in a postseason game. In five overtimes, he made 70 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Flyers in Game 4 of a 2000 Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Something useless about the Blue Jackets that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The only bench minor in the Blue Jackets postseason history - a too many men penalty - was served by former Penguins xx Jason Williams against the Red Wings in Game 4 of a 2009 Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Former Blue Jackets on the Penguins: None.
Former Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mark Letestu, C; Todd Richards, head coach (Richards was formerly the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), Ville Siren, head amateur scout.
Who needs to be the difference for the Penguins: Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik. They serve as the team's shutdown defensive pairing. With the Blue Jackets dealing with injuries up front, center Ryan Johansen must carry more of the their offense. Martin and Orpik will presumably get the bulk of assignments against his line.
Who needs to be the difference for the Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky. He has to steal games. Given his history of success in Consol Energy Center, that's not an outlandish suggestion.
Best Penguins YouTube Video We Could Find: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik's series clinching overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Islanders in a 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal:
Best Blue Jackets YouTube Video We Could Find: Blue Jackets left winger R.J. Umberger scoring a backhanded goal against the Red Wings in Game 4 of a 2009 Western Conference quarterfinal series:
EN Prediction: The Blue Jackets simply don't have a the numbers to run with the Penguins, especially given their recent outbreak of injuries up front. The games will be tight but the Penguins should win this quickly. Penguins 4-1.
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