Penguins' Sydor to suit up for Game 3

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Darryl Sydor will make his debut in this year's NHL playoffs Wednesday, replacing struggling rookie Kris Letang in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final (CBC,, 8 p.m. ET).

Coach Therrien expecting veteran-type effort from defenceman, who replaces Letang

Dominated by the veteran Detroit Red Wings so far in the Stanley Cup final, the Pittsburgh Penguins will add a greybeard of their own for Wednesday's Game 3 (CBC,, 8 p.m. ET).

Defenceman Darryl Sydor, 36, will make his debut in this year's playoffs, replacing struggling rookie Kris Letang.

Sydor has 56 points in 156 NHL playoff games over 15 seasons and won Stanley Cups with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004.

"Darryl had a great season for us, but we have a lot of depth on defence and our defence was also doing really well," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien. "It's a different story now."

Therrien is not expecting the world from Sydor, just a competent, veteran-type effort.

"You have to make simple plays," said Therrien, when discussing how a player who hasn't played in a while has to play.

The Penguins, who swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1992 Cup final, trail the Red Wings 2-0 in this year's best-of-seven championship.

Therrien also told reporters there could be some line changes for Wednesday's contest, and one of them could see the pairing of captain Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Like the rest of their teammates, both players are scoreless in the series.

Therrien is hoping the pairing of his two highest-skilled forwards will kick-start the other, especially Malkin, who scored 47 goals in the regular season but has just one goal and two points in his last six starts.

With files from the Canadian Press