Penguins notebook: Morrow sits; Bylsma changes lineup
Morrow out as lineup changes
OTTAWA — The Penguins played Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series with an old-look third line.
Matt Cooke worked the left side with center Brandon Sutter and right winger Tyler Kennedy against Ottawa on Wednesday. Cooke switched sides because regular third-line left winger Brenden Morrow did not play.
Morrow left a practice Tuesday favoring his left arm. He has not been available for comment, per club policy on injured players. Also, coach Dan Bylsma has taken to not providing injury updates during the playoffs.
The Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy line was a staple during the regular season before March trades for Morrow, winger Jarome Iginla and forward Jussi Jokinen.
Jokinen and winger Beau Bennett played in Game 4. Neither had dressed since Round 1. Both skilled forwards skated on a line with forward Craig Adams.
The Penguins' scored a postseason-low one goal in their Game 3 loss.
Bylsma said center Joe Vitale's performance on faceoffs in Round 2 is the reason he is no longer in the lineup.
Vitale, a club-best 61.1 percent on faceoffs in the regular season, won only 9 of 21 draws in Games 1 and 2. Vitale did not play in Games 3 and 4 after appearing in four straight contests — all Penguins' wins — dating to joining the lineup for Game 5 in Round 1.
Bylsma said Sunday that Vitale was “not available” for Game 3, declining to provide specifics. Vitale said Wednesday he had “a hiccup” to a previous lower-body injury but that his absence was “no health thing.”
— Rob Rossi