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By Josh Yohe
Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
 

The influx of 30-somethings onto the Penguins roster during the past year — Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jussi Jokinen and Tomas Vokoun are longtime players — has turned coach Dan Bylsma's team into the league's oldest with an average age of 29.5.

Bylsma insists the team's age isn't the reason for the unusual amount of days off during the Penguins' series against the Islanders, but there is no question Bylsma wants his team rested.

“The age of the players on the team is not a consideration so much as you just need time to rest and recover,” Bylsma said. “Just maximizing the opportunities when you go on the ice. You don't want to practice and waste energy.”

Bylsma gave the Penguins a day off on Friday, although they traveled to New York. He also gave them off Wednesday, the day before Game 5. The Penguins' morning skate was optional on the day of Game 4.

Bylsma acknowledged that his morning skates — more detailed than most teams' — gives him the luxury of skipping practices.

Letang credited with assist

The NHL has made a scoring change, adding an assist to defenseman Kris Letang on center Brandon Sutter's goal in Game 4. With six points in the series, Letang now is tied with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for the lead among defensemen in the playoffs before Friday night's games.

Odds and ends

Bylsma said no lineup information will be given before Game 6 but hinted that goalie Tomas Vokoun will get his second consecutive start. ... If Game 7 is needed, it will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

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