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Penguins lineup changes: Niskanen returns, Park in for Vitale

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Matt Niskanen #2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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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.