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Zatkoff starts for Penguins against Lightning

by Wes Crosby

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup should not look substantially different when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Goalie Jeff Zatkoff will start for Pittsburgh in the first of back-to-back games this weekend. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will most likely start for the Penguins against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma did not provide any other lineup updates.

Zatkoff will get his second start in Pittsburgh's past three games after starting two of its previous 13. He has gone 11-2-1 since beginning the season with two losses and has a 2.52 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Despite goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who has not played this season because of a blood clot, continuing to progress while participating in practices, Bylsma said the Penguins do not have a three-goalie system. He said Vokoun playing prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a "mere possibility."

"I think with the ramp up in practice, the number of shots he's taken, he has dealt with some general soreness to that level, but he's not to the point where he's ready to play a game yet," Bylsma said. "We're working toward Marc-Andre getting 65 games or so and Jeff also has carried a lot more of the load in this heavy month of March than he has earlier on in the year."

Forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz did not practice Friday because of "maintenance days." Bylsma did not announce if they will play against Tampa Bay.

"We'll see," Bylsma said.

Here are the expected lineups for the Penguins and Lightning:


Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyLee Stempniak

Jussi JokinenEvgeni MalkinJames Neal

Tanner GlassMarcel GocBrian Gibbons

Taylor PyattBrandon SutterCraig Adams

Brooks OrpikMatt Niskanen

Olli MaattaRob Scuderi

Robert BortuzzoSimon Despres

Jeff Zatkoff

Marc-Andre Fleury

Injured: Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (broken hand), Beau Bennett (wrist/hand), Joe Vitale (upper body), Chris Conner (broken foot), Pascal Dupuis (ACL), Tomas Vokoun (pelvis)

Scratched: Deryk Engelland


Tyler JohnsonSteven StamkosTeddy Purcell

Ondrej PalatValtteri FilppulaRyan Callahan

J.T. BrownAlex KillornRichard Panik

Ryan MaloneNate ThompsonB.J. Crombeen

Victor HedmanSami Salo

Matthew CarleRadko Gudas

Eric BrewerMichael Kostka

Ben Bishop

Anders Lindback

Injured: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Brian Lee (ACL)

Scratched: Nikita Kucherov, Cody Kunyk, Tom Pyatt, Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio

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