goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
has an undisclosed illness, which means backup Brent Johnson
is expected to start Thursday against Washington (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), his former club. Fleury would be the backup.
Johnson has started once during the Penguins' first four games, their 2-1 shootout loss in Edmonton on Sunday, in which Johnson stopped 34 of 35 shots. Johnson played for the Capitals from 2005-09.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau
said Tomas Vokoun
would make his second start in goal. Michal Neuvirth
has an undisclosed injury and did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. Braden Holtby
was recalled from AHL Hershey and will be the backup.