Penguins minus Neal, Sullivan and Niskanen tonight vs. Rangers

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Penguins wingers James Neal and Steve Sullivan and defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss tonight's game against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center and are questionable for Saturday's regular-season finale against Philadelphia because of undisclosed injuries, coach Dan Bylsma said after today's morning skate.

Bylsma said the three are expected to be able to play when the playoffs start next week.

Niskanen left in the first period of Tuesday's 5-3 win at Boston after a collision. Sullivan played that game but was limping afterward. It's not known what happened with Neal.

Meanwhile, center Joe Vitale, who was hit in the face by a shot taken by Bruins behemoth Zdeno Chara, has stitches along his right jaw line but said nothing is broken and he is fine to play.

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Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published April 5, 2012 11:45 AM


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