PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have two key forwards back in the lineup against the Dallas Stars at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.
Forwards Chris Kunitz (lower body) and James Neal (concussion), who missed Pittsburgh's past two games, returned to their normal positions during the Penguins' morning skate Tuesday and will return. Kunitz skated at left wing alongside forwards Sidney Crosby and Lee Stempniak while Neal returned to second-line right wing next to forwards Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen.
Neal and Kunitz also resumed their usual roles on the top power-play unit with Crosby, Malkin and defenseman Matt Niskanen. Kunitz rotated with Jokinen in front of the net on the power play.
"It feels good. It felt good again [Tuesday]," Neal said before the game. "We'll see how I feel this afternoon … It's my decision. If I feel right and feel like I'm back to normal, I'll go from there. That all comes from how I'm feeling.
"They're not going to clear me if I tell them I'm not feeling right."
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said each forward would have to be cleared by doctors in order to play Tuesday.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff did not specify if goalie Kari Lehtonen, who sustained a concussion March 8, will start. Goalie Tim Thomas has started the Stars' past three games. He surrendered four goals on 17 shots in Dallas' 7-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.
"[Lehtonen] is getting a full workload now, so he's close," Ruff said.
Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff will start for Pittsburgh. Zatkoff replaced goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of the Penguins' 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday after Fleury allowed three goals on 15 shots.
Here are the expected lineups for the Stars and Penguins:
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole - Travis Morin - Colton Sceviour
Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney - Chris Mueller - Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski - Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn - Brenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton - Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Cody Eakin, Aaron Rome
Injured: Shawn Horcoff (upper body), Rich Peverley (cardiac event)
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Taylor Pyatt - Brandon Sutter - Craig Adams
Tanner Glass - Marcel Goc - Brian Gibbons
Olli Maatta - Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi - Matt Niskanen
Robert Bortuzzo - Simon Despres
Scratched: Deryk Engelland, Jayson Megna, Joe Vitale
Injured: Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (broken hand), Beau Bennett (wrist/hand), Chris Conner (broken foot), Pascal Dupuis (ACL), Tomas Vokoun (pelvis)