Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin to be paired again in Game 6

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The Pittsburgh Penguins used forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line throughout Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and could do the same for Game 6 on Monday.

But both Crosby and Malkin are scoreless in the first round series.

Those guys are our leaders, and even though they haven’t scored, they have done a lot of good things,” Jussi Jokinen said. “They’re matched against other teams’ best players, so sometimes you have to find ways to get other players to get those goals like we’ve been doing in this series.”

Crosby does have five assists, while Malkin has four.

“I think you just try to keep things the same,” Crosby said. “Hopefully that hasn’t been something you could, besides watching the games, if you see me in the room you haven’t been able to tell if I had three goals or zero the night before. You can’t change the way you work or anything like that.

“So hopefully I don’t look like a guy who needs some counseling.”

Expected lineups form NHL.com:

PENGUINS

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak

Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal

Beau Bennett – Brandon Sutter – Joe Vitale

Tanner Glass – Marcel Goc – Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen – Olli Maatta

Kris Letang – Paul Martin

Robert Bortuzzo – Rob Scuderi

Marc-Andre Fleury

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Jayson Megna, Taylor Pyatt, Deryk Engelland, Chris Conner

Injured: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed), Brian Gibbons (undisclosed), Pascal Dupuis (ACL), Tomas Vokoun(pelvis)

BLUE JACKETS

Boone Jenner – Ryan Johansen – Jack Skille

Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno – Artem Anisimov – Blake Comeau

Derek MacKenzie – Mark Letestu – Jared Boll

Ryan Murray – David Savard

Nick Schultz – James Wisniewski

Jack Johnson – Fedor Tyutin

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Matt Frattin, Corey Tropp

Injured: RJ Umberger (shoulder), Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed), Nathan Horton (abdominal surgery)

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