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:
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
Scratched: Jayson Megna, Taylor Pyatt, Deryk Engelland, Chris Conner
Injured: Brooks Orpik (undisclosed), Brian Gibbons (undisclosed), Pascal Dupuis (ACL), Tomas Vokoun(pelvis)
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
Scratched: Matt Frattin, Corey Tropp
Injured: RJ Umberger (shoulder), Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed), Nathan Horton (abdominal surgery)