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MAY 6, 2:33a ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: Apr 17 / 11:22a ET
News: Lovejoy assisted on the Penguins' lone goal in Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: It's only the fourth point in 21 games for Lovejoy since joining the Penguins at the trade deadline. The absences of Kris Letang (concussion), Christian Ehrhoff (upper body), and Derrick Pouliot (lower body) have decimated the Pens' defensive ranks, forcing Lovejoy to occupy a top-pairing role in the postseason opener. While that assignment should net Lovejoy 20-plus minutes a night, it's unlikely to result in a dramatic increase in his offensive output.