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Penguins3.392.7524.59%
Eastern1st8th4th
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Matt Cullen, # 7
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72131831430
 
Ron Hainsey, # 65
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
7241317-821
 
Trevor Daley, # 6
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
5651419737
 
Marc-Andre Fleury, # 29
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
3818-10-41.9093.02
 
News
Fleury stayed on the ice late after practice Friday, and he'll defer to Matt Murray as the evening's starter against the Senators for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

The first goalie to leave the ice in the a.m. is almost always the one to start that night, and it's been explicitly stated that Murray will make his first start of the 2017 postseason. Evidently, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn't want to take his chances with Fleury after he coughed up four goals on nine shots in Game 3. The decision to go with Murray, who was instrumental in helping the Penguins claim the Stanley Cup trophy last June, definitely wasn't made in haste; Sully took all of Thursday to mull it over despite what must've been intense pressure from the media to tip his hand. Pittsburgh finds itself in a 2-1 series deficit with another road game on tap.

Sidney Crosby, # 87
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
754445891724
 
News
Crosby scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Friday's Game 4 win over Ottawa.

This was the first multi-point showing in seven games for Crosby, and the Penguins will need their superstar to continue driving the bus to clinch a berth to the Stanley Cup finals. It's also worth noting that No. 87 registered five shots on net, which was a personal high for the series. With a goal in consecutive games, Crosby is now up to six tallies and 17 points through 15 playoff games heading into a critical Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena.

Evgeni Malkin, # 71
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
623339721877
 
News
Malkin picked up three assists in Pittsburgh's 7-0 romp over Ottawa in Game 5 on Sunday.

Malkin has seemingly screwed his head back on after ringing up 22 PIM in games two and three, combined. Sunday's performance was his first multi-point effort since May 1 (Game 3 against Washington).

Phil Kessel, # 81
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
82234770320
 
Patric Hornqvist, # 72
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
702123441628
 
Injuries
Upper Body - Probable for start of season (Updated - 5/22/17)
News
Hornqvist (upper body) skated without gear Monday, but didn't join his teammates for an optional skate, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Hornqvist sat out Sunday's 7-0 drubbing of the Senators and his status for Game 6 on Tuesday is still up in the air. If the winger remains sidelined, Chris Kunitz will likely continue playing on the Pens' top line alongside Sidney Crosby with Josh Archibald suiting up on the fourth line.

Garrett Wilson, # -
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GPGAPTS+/-PIM
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Nick Bonino, # 13
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
80181937-516
 
Ian Cole, # 28
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
81521262672
 
Justin Schultz, # 4
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
781239512734
 
Injuries
Upper Body - Probable for start of season (Updated - 5/21/17)
News
Schultz (upper body) isn't in the lineup for Game 5 against Ottawa, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

While the Pens are missing a number of players due to injury, perhaps none is as impactful as Schultz, who had 8 points in 14 playoff games before getting injured in Game 2 against Ottawa. As the series gets closer to a clinching scenario, the reigning Stanley Cup champs would love to have him back.

Olli Maatta, # 3
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
551671712
 
News
Maatta scored a first-period goal and logged a team-high 24:58 of ice time during Friday's Game 4 win over Ottawa.

Maatta played a full three minutes more than any other Penguin at even strength in Game 4, as he's being leaned on to step up with so many Pittsburgh defensemen injured or playing at less than 100 percent. Unfortunately, Maatta often doesn't translate his sound on-ice game to virtual results. He has a respectable six points through 16 postseason games, but he's only registered 23 shots and 28 blocked shots, so his fantasy floor is low. Additionally, Maatta logged just 26 seconds with the man advantage in Game 4, and slotting anywhere but on Pittsburgh's No. 1 power-play unit doesn't provide much of a boost.

Matt Murray, # 30
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
4932-10-24.9232.41
 
News
Murray rang up a 25-save shutout Sunday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Championship and carried the Penguins to a 7-0 win over the Senators.

The Pens now lead the Sens 3-2 in the series. Murray is in elite form despite missing so much time to injury. One more win and he'll go for the Cup in his second-straight season.

Brian Dumoulin, # 8
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
7011415014
 
News
Dumoulin recorded a second-period goal, three shots on net and two blocked shots through 23:29 of ice time during Friday's Game 4 win over Ottawa.

With the Pittsburgh blue line riddled with injuries, Dumoulin has been counted to step up on numerous occasions during the playoffs. He's a capable mid-pairing defenseman with nice mobility and puck skills. However, his offensive ceiling is capped. After all, he's posted just 19 points through his past 149 regular season games. Playing huge minutes will still provide an uptick in fantasy value, though. Don't forget about Dumoulin when hunting for a low-priced flier in daily contests.

Tom Kuhnhackl, # 34
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
5741216818
 
Injuries
Lower Body - Probable for start of season (Updated - 5/21/17)
News
Kuhnhackl (lower body) will not dress for Game 5 on Sunday against the Senators, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

Kuhnhackl hasn't played in any of the Eastern Conference finals games thus far due to a lower-body issue that surfaced near the end of the series against the Capitals. He doesn't have a clear timetable to return, but he's not a huge factor given his two points through 11 playoff games this season.

Bryan Rust, # 17
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
5715132848
 
News
Rust (upper body) returned to action with a bang Sunday, recording a goal and an assist in a 7-0 Game 5 romp over Ottawa.

He'd been quiet against both the Caps and Sens, but Sunday marked a strong return. Rust brings a buzzsaw approach to the ice and his aggressive speed was too much for Ottawa to contain.

Conor Sheary, # 43
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
612330532422
 
Jake Guentzel, # 59
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
40161733710
 
News
Guentzel collected two assists -- one on the power play -- during Friday's Game 4 win over Ottawa.

Held off the scoresheet through the first three games of the series, Guentzel broke out in Game 4. He's now up to nine goals and 16 points through 16 postseason games, and Guentzel's role alongside Sidney Crosby makes him a high-ceiling asset in all fantasy settings. Additionally, with Patric Hornqvist (upper body) out of the lineup, it's been Guentzel that's slotted in with the No. 1 power-play unit. That's another huge virtual boon for the rookie.

Carter Rowney, # 37
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
2734724
 
News
Rowney delivered a three-assist, plus-4 game Sunday in a 7-0, Game 5 romp over the Senators.

Whoa, Mr. Rowney -- where did that come from? Rowney last hit the scoreboard April 9 and has just one multi-point effort in his career. The 28-year-old journeyman just had the game of his life and he's one win away from an appearance in the Cup final.