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Martin could return for Penguins

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:58 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Martin could return for Penguins

PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin could return to the lineup Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Martin will be a game-time decision, but the defenseman, who skated in practice Thursday morning with regular partner Brooks Orpik, said he feels good and hopes to be in.

"The last couple of days it's been getting better and today was no different," Martin said. "I hopefully expect to be in tonight."

Martin said he skated Wednesday -- a scheduled day off for the Penguins -- with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

"Things went well," Martin said. "The practice the day before that went well. I continue to get better and felt good today."

Bylsma said Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in net against the Flyers. Fleury is 6-1-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his past seven starts. Fleury is 52-18-10 with a 2.35 GAA for his career in the month of March.

Here is the Penguins expected lineup, assuming Martin will play:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis

Beau Bennett - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal

Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy

Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik

Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang

Mark Eaton - Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Tomas Vokoun

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