|Tom Vokoun needs to be much better this time around.|
Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma will go with Marc-Andre Fleury in goal for the second consecutive game. Fleury is 3-0-0 in three starts this season, during which he has complied a 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage. Pittsburgh is still without Sidney Crosby due to his concussion, as I mentioned above, while star center Evgeni Malkin has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury; the Russian sniper is not expected to be ready for tonight. Other than those very significant injuries, Pittsburgh has a clean bill of health across the board.
Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the nod in nets from coach Bruce Boudreau for the second straight game, partially because of Michal Neuvirth's lower-body injury. Vokoun is 1-0-0 this year in his one start, in which he allowed five goals on 28 shots. On the injury front, both Tom Poti and John Erskine are still out with groin and shoulder injuries, respectively, and are not expected to play. DJ King will be a healthy scratch for Washington, well the second will likely be either Jay Beagle or Mathieu Perreault.
That's all for now. Puck drops for this one 7:07-ish.