Penguins-Flyers Game Five Preview: Petr Sykora Out, Miroslav Satan In

WoooooSenior Writer IApril 23, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 19:  Petr Sykora #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs  at the Wachovia Center on April 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won the game 6-3 to cut the Penguins lead in the series to two games to one.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Pittsburghpenguins.com has announced that Petr Sykora will be a healthy scratch for tonight's Game 5 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Mellon Arena.

Veteran winger Miroslav Satan, who rejoined the Penguins after a late season stint in the AHL, will replace Sykora in the lineup.

Head coach Dan Bylsma assured the media that "the decision we made was not based on injuries."

Penguins' defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a minor injury late in Game 4, will be a game time decision for Game 5.

If Letang is unable to go, he will be replaced be fellow right hand shooting defenseman Phillippe Boucher.

Sykora, who has failed to register a point in the playoffs despite several solid scoring chances, and spending the majority of his time on the ice on Evgeni Malkin's wing, struggled during the final 10 games of the regular season, scoring just one goal against the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning during the stretch run.

Although Satan practiced on the second line with Geno and Ruslan Fedotenko, Bylsma will surely try a number of different combinations to flank Malkin during tonight's contest.

The Penguins have called for a "Whiteout" for Game 5 and will be handing out white t-shirts to all fans in attendance at the gates of the Igloo.

Lastly, Game 5 will be shown on the big screen outside of the Mellon Arena, much to the chagrin of the jokes at NBC, so if you're heading down for the game, I'll see you there.

Let's Go Pens.