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Vokoun to start for Penguins

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 12:22 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Vokoun to start for Penguins

OTTAWA -- Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday when they face the Ottawa Senators.

It will be his second straight start; he stopped 38 of 40 shots Saturday as the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Marc-Andre Fleury did not make the trip to Ottawa with the team, as his wife is about to have a baby.

Eric Hartzell, signed April 14 after leading Quinnipiac University to the Frozen Four championship game, will serve as the backup.

The Penguins also will not have defenseman Kris Letang or rookie forward Beau Bennett in the lineup. Letang did not practice Sunday and did not travel with the team due to a case of food poisoning. Bennett is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the Penguins and Senators :

PENGUINS

Chris KunitzJussi JokinenJarome Iginla

Brenden MorrowPascal DupuisSteve MacIntyre

Matt CookeBrandon SutterTyler Kennedy

Tanner GlassJoe VitaleCraig Adams

Brooks OrpikSimon Despres

Douglas MurrayMatt Niskanen

Mark EatonDeryk Engelland

Tomas Vokoun

Eric Hartzell

Injured: James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Paul Martin, Kris Letang, Beau Bennett

Scratches: Dustin Jeffrey, Marc-Andre Fleury

SENATORS

Milan MichalekKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Cory ConacherMika ZibanejadJakob Silfverberg

Matt KassianZack SmithChris Neil

Colin GreeningJean-Gabriel PageauErik Condra

Chris PhillipsMarc Methot

Jared CowenEric Gryba

Patrick WierciochSergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Injured: Mike Hoffman, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson

Scratches: Andre Benoit, Mike Lundin, Peter Regin, Jim O'Brien, Guillaume Latendresse

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