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Morning Skate Update: 1/31

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Goaltender Mathieu Garon will make his first start for Pittsburgh in the Penguins' matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at Air Canada Center at 7 p.m.


The Penguins acquired Garon in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 17 in exchange for netminder Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a 2011 fourth-round pick. In 200 career starts, Garon has a 92-82-3-10 record with a 2.84 goals against average and .905 save percentage.

Pittsburgh held an optional morning skate on Saturday afternoon in which 11 players participated. Without a full compliment of players, line combinations couldn't be determinded.

However, pittsburghpenguins.com did learn that Alex Goligoski will play fourth-line wing in place of Paul Bissonnette. With Goligoski playing forward and Matt Cooke's return from suspension, the Penguins have 13 designated forwards. The final scratch will be a game-time decision.

It was also learned that defenseman Philippe Boucher will be scratched in the game, meaning Hal Gill will see game action after sitting out Friday night.
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