|Another must-win game.|
Dan Bylsma will call on Marc-Andre Fleury in goal tonight after he relieved Brent Johnson during last night's loss in Ottawa. On the year, Fleury is 19-11-2 with a 2.32 GAA, .911 save percentage, and two shutouts, and always brings his A-game against the Capitals. Outside the crease, Pittsburgh is decimated by injuries. Sidney Crosby (concussion), Kris Letang (concussion), and Jordan Staal (knee) are all out with long-term injuries, while defenseman Paul Martin is questionable with an illness. Winger James Neal, who has a broken foot, is expected to play despite his injury.
Tomas Vokoun seems the likely candidate to get the call in goal from Dale Hunter despite allowing four goals on 27 shots in his last start, during which he was pulled after two periods. Vokoun is 16-10 on the year with a 2.66 GAA, .912 save percentage, and one shutout; he is 1-1 against Pittsburgh this season. On the injury front, both Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom will not play with groin and head injuries, respectively. That means that Tomas Kundratek, who was called up this morning, will make his NHL debut, while John Erskine and Jeff Schultz will be scratched.
Puck drops 7:09-ish.