Penguins lineup changes: Niskanen returns, Park in for Vitale


One guy who hasn’t been a factor in the series for the Pittsburgh Penguins as of yet is defenseman Matt Niskanen. Niskanen missed the first two games of the series with an injury but he’ll get a chance to help out the slumping Penguins defense in Game 3.

Niskanen joins the Pens lineup replacing Ben Lovejoy on the blue line and pairing up with Deryk Engelland on the third defensive pairing.

Meanwhile, at forward coach Dan Bylsma is making one change. Joe Vitale will take a seat for Game 3 and veteran Richard Park will take his spot on the fourth line. Vitale isn’t exactly a crowd favorite in Philly but going with the veteran experience is never usually a bad move.