Center Joe Vitale stands a good chance of participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs despite the Penguins recently acquiring two forwards.

He can thank his wife.

Vitale wanted to improve his faceoff ability last summer, and there was wisdom in the decision. Coach Dan Bylsma is looking for fourth-line players who excel in specific areas.

With the additions of Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla — the Penguins expected him to be in town Saturday, although his status remained unclear for the 1 p.m. game against the Islanders — the Penguins' top nine forwards essentially are set. It's a group that includes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke.

If the Penguins enter the playoffs healthy, only three spots will remain for forwards Vitale, Craig Adams, Tanner Glass, Tyler Kennedy and Dustin Jeffrey.

That means potentially difficult decisions for Bylsma.

Adams, a rugged playoff veteran who perhaps is the team's best penalty killer, almost certainly will be in the lineup.

Bylsma has speculated he could deploy seven defensemen in the playoffs, which would leave one spot available for Kennedy, Glass, Vitale and Jeffrey.