Fleury is first goalie off of the ice for the Penguins.
Fleury allowed two goals (one ugly one) on 23 shots in a 3-2 come from behind win over the Islanders on Tuesday. It was a solid way to kick off December for Fleury, who is now 15-7-1 with a 2.06 GAA and .918 SV%. He will be in for a tough task tonight with the San Jose Sharks in town.
Fleury broke a three game losing streak with a 21-save shutout against the Lightning on Friday. He was given the second night of a back-to-back off so he should be well rested to take on the Islanders for the first time since last year's playoff series. He is a must-start tonight.
Vokoun has been out since September after having surgery for a blood clot and remains unable to play hockey but hasn't dismissed the idea of playing this season. “I feel great,” Vokoun said. “Don't have any health issues. I'm still taking the (blood thinners).”
Vokoun was given a three-to-six-month timetable for a possible return. And while the 37-year-old acknowledged that retirement is possible — this is the second time Vokoun has dealt with blood-clot issues, the other time occurring when he played with Nashville in 2006 — he hasn't given up hope of rejoining the Penguins. “It's hard to look that far ahead,” he said. “But definitely, if I get cleared, I want to try. We'll see. I don't have definite yes or no.
Zatkoff will be between the pipes for the Penguins.
Despite a Marc-Andre Fleury shutout on Friday, the Penguins will turn to Zatkoff tonight. He will face the Panthers for the second time this season and the first one was not pretty. He gave up six goals on 30 shots in a 6-3 loss. Zatkoff will be hoping for a better result this time around.
Fleury was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots in a 6-5 comeback win over the Maple Leafs. It was the third time in a row that Fleury has allowed at least threee goals. The rough outing pushed his November numbers to 2.54 GAA and .902 SV%. Look for him to bounce back today vs. Tampa Bay.
Fleury allowed four goals on 24 shots in an overtime loss to the Bruins on Monday. There was nothing he could do about the game-winner, it was an absolute rocket marked for the top corner. Fleury takes on the Maple Leafs at home tonight where he is 9-2-0 with a 1.54 GAA and .941 SV%.
Martin has a fractured tibia and will be out approximately 4-6 weeks, per coach Dan Bylsma.
This is a terrible break for the Penguins. Martin is one of their more reliable defenseman and brings a lot to their top power-play unit. The injury will move Kris Letang back to the top-unit and could thrust Simon Despres into the lineup for the foreseeable future. Expect Martin back after Christmas.
The Penguins have placed Paul Martin (lower-body) on IR.
The Penguins have not announced the nature or severity of Martin's injury, but his placement on IR means that he will miss at least one week. Head coach Dan Bylsma said that "we will know more in couple of days" so they will likely release a full injury report on Martin later today or tomorrow. For now Simon Despres has been recalled.
The Penguins have recalled Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
After playing 33 games with the Penguins last season, Despres has not appeared in a game with them this season. In 17 games games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he has three goals and 11 points. Paul Martin landed on IR today, so Despres could be in the lineup tonight. Head coach Dan Bylsma will have to decide between Despres or Robert Bortuzzo.
The Penguins have recalled Jayson Megna from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
Megna has appeared in six games with the Penguins this season, recording two goals and one assist. With Beau Bennett out for two months and Matt D'Agostini on waivers, Megna could be up to stay for a long period of time.
The Penguins did not say what the nature or severity of Martin's injury is, but a further update will come in a few days. For now consider him day-to-day. Robert Bortuzzo will likely enter the lineup and if the injury is serious, Simon Despres could be recalled.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Brian Gibbons to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
Gibbons played in five games with Pittsburgh, scoring his first NHL goal and adding an assist for two points in a 3-1 defeat of the Anaheim Ducks on November 18. He returns to the AHL where he has seven goals and 22 points in 15 games.