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Fleury to start in goal for Penguins vs. Blackhawks

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:23 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Fleury to start in goal for Penguins vs. Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Marc-Andre Fleury will make his sixth straight start in goal when the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field on Saturday night as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

Fleury is 4-1-2 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in seven career games against the Blackhawks. For the season, Fleury is 31-13-3 with a 2.29 GAA and .917 save percentage. His 31 victories are the most in the NHL.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma was asked during his pregame press conference about the snow that was already falling two hours before the opening faceoff.

"I think as we speak it's starting to snow," Bylsma said. "The weatherman said it's going to be snowing during the game, so while you're probably not looking at the same thing as the Big House [at the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Michigan on Jan. 1] in terms of the amount of snow coming down, we're going to have snow falling onto the ice. It's possible we'll eventually see similar conditions to what we saw in Ann Arbor."

Bylsma would not reveal his starting lineup other than to say Fleury will start in goal.

"I guess in every outdoor game, there is some condition to deal with," Bylsma said. "Talking to the cameramen before coming over here, he said it'll make for a perfect picture if nothing else."

Here are the probable line combinations for the Penguins:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Brian Gibbons

Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal

Tanner Glass - Brandon Sutter - Chuck Kobasew

Taylor Pyatt - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Olli Maatta - Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik - Deryk Engelland

Rob Scuderi - Robert Bortuzzo

Marc-Andre Fleury

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Simon Despres

Injured: Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (broken hand), Beau Bennett (wrist/hand), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), Tomas Vokoun (pelvis)

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