Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) moves the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Blue Jackets won 4-3 in double overtime.
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins will play tonight’s crucial Game Five vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets without veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik.
Orpik has been scratched from the lineup with an undisclosed injury. He also did not skate at Penguins practice on Friday.
Both teams had Thursday off following the dramatics of Wednesday night’s Game Four, when the Blue Jackets rallied from 3-0 down to win 4-3 and tie the series at 2-2. All four games have been decided by a 4-3 score with the winner in each rallying from a 3-1 deficit at one point.
Orpik is not a scorer, but his late second period goal in Game Three was a turning point for the Penguins. The 11th year Penguin also has an assist and a +5 plus/minus rating for the series.