PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without forward Chris Kunitz when they open a home-and-home weekend set against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.
Kunitz sat out practice after sustaining a lower-body injury in the third period of the Penguins' 2-0 win Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. He skated Friday but was ruled unavailable Saturday.
Replacing Kunitz will be Taylor Pyatt, who will skate alongside center Sidney Crosby and right wing Lee Stempniak.
The Penguins also are without forward James Neal, who this week was ruled out indefinitely because of a concussion.
Goalie Steve Mason will for the Flyers. In five games against the Penguins, Mason is 2-2-1 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. In his only start against the Penguins this season, he allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-1 Flyers home loss on Oct. 17.
The Penguins will counter with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has allowed three goals on 46 shots in two games against the Flyers this season.
Here are the projected lineups for the Penguins and Flyers:
Taylor Pyatt - Sidney Crosby - Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass - Brandon Sutter - Marcel Goc
Craig Adams - Joe Vitale - Jayson Megna
Brooks Orpik - Olli Maatta
Matt Niskanen - Rob Scuderi
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo
Injured: Chris Kunitz (lower body), James Neal (concussion), Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), Beau Bennett (wrist), Pascal Dupuis (knee), Chris Conner (foot), Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand)
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn - Vincent Lecavalier - Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Steve Downie
Zac Rinaldo - Michael Raffl - Adam Hall
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Mark Streit - Nicklas Grossmann
Andrew MacDonald - Luke Schenn
Scratched: Jay Rosehill, Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson
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