Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been out of action with concussion symptoms, participates in a practice session for the NHL hockey playoffs against the New York Rangers, Monday, April 11, 2016, at their practice facility in Cranberry, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Fleury suits up (but won’t start) and other Caps – Pens Game 3 notes

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The Brooks Orpik hit on Olli Maatta isn’t the only factor in lineup changes for Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Maybe the most interesting change starts on the Penguins’ bench … where they likely hope that tweak will stay for at least one night.

Marc-Andre Fleury is apparently healthy enough to suit up for the Penguins, although it appears as though Matt Murray will start:

That’s a clear sign that “The Flower” is healthy enough to play, as Murray would be an injury or a coach’s pull away from giving up the net to Fleury. (One would assume.)

Murray has been fantastic for the most part since taking over for Jeff Zatkoff during this postseason, yet you know how the playoffs can be; people may clamor for Fleury after a loss even if it’s not really Murray’s fault.

Circling back to that Orpik hit, the dominoes seem to fall this way:

Penguins: Derrick Pouliot replaces injured Maatta.

Capitals: Dmitry Orlov in for suspended Orpik.

PHT will make note if there are any swerves.

Report: Pens won’t make Fleury (talks too much) available to media

at Pepsi Center on December 9, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.
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Don’t expect many updates on Marc-Andre Fleury‘s health over the next little while.

Well — don’t expect them to come from Fleury, anyway.

Per TVA Sports, Fleury has been shut down from speaking with reporters until he’s fully recovered from the concussion that’s sidelined him since Apr. 2.

A translation of Renaud Lavioe’s piece for TVA, per PHT’s Joey Alfieri:

Fleury practiced with his teammates this morning at the Verizon Center.

What I can tell you is he’s feeling better, but the Penguins have decided not to make Fleury available to the media because he says too much.

The next time Fleury talks to the media, it’s because he’ll be ready to return.

Not to be mean, but Matt Murray has given up three goals or more in back-to-back games.

Earlier this week, Fleury told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that — despite participating in on-ice workouts — he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms.

“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through,” he explained. “Some good days, when you think you’re back, and some bad days, when you think it’s never going to get fixed.”

The Fleury situation seems to have rankled some within the Penguins organization — like head coach Mike Sullivan, who took issue with questions about the club’s handling of Fleury.

Here’s a related series of tweets from DKonPittsburghSports’ Josh Yohe:

Game 2 of the Pens-Caps series goes tomorrow from Verizon at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN). Matt Murray, who allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Game 1 loss, is expected to start in goal.

Fleury still experiencing concussion symptoms, ‘one of the toughest things I’ve been through’

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Penguins more than survived Marc-Andre Fleury‘s absence in their opening-round playoff win against the Rangers, as Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff combined to beat the Blueshirts in five games.

In the second round, though — against the top-seeded Capitals — it’s safe to assume Pittsburgh wants Fleury back in the mix.

Problem is, Fleury’s not there yet. He’s still dealing with concussion symptoms.

“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through,” Fleury said after Monday’s optional workout, per the Post-Gazette. “Some good days, when you think you’re back, and some bad days, when you think it’s never going to get fixed.”

Fleury hasn’t played since Mar. 31, when he suffered the concussion against Nashville. He’s since missed 10 games — five regular-season, five playoff — and while the second round start date has yet to be determined, Fleury has to be considered questionable at this point.

Thankfully for the Pens, Murray has been up to the challenge thus far.

After missing the first two games of the Rangers series with an upper-body ailment, the 21-year-old ripped off three straight wins, posting a .955 save percentage and a 31-save shutout in Game 4.

“He’s got a quiet confidence about him that I think really helps him deal with the ebbs and flows,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said of Murray, per NHL.com. “For a young guy, he’s mature beyond his years.

“I also think he’s a guy that reads the play extremely well and because of that, positionally, he’s a very sound guy.”

No Fleury for Game 3; Murray an ‘option’ for Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff (37) replaces goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) is goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Marc-Andre Fleury will not make his return tonight in New York. He remains “day-to-day,” according to Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

It remains to be seen who will be in goal for Pittsburgh against the Rangers.

Jeff Zatkoff — the starter in Games 1 and 2 — was the first goalie off the ice this morning, which would typically identify him as the starter.

But rookie Matt Murray reportedly “worked in the starter’s net” during the game-day skate, after which Sullivan said that Murray was an “option” for tonight.

As for defenseman Olli Maatta, it does not sound like he’ll be a healthy scratch for Game 3.

“We believe in him,” said Sullivan. “We know he’s a good player. When you play that many minutes, you are going to make mistakes out there.”

Maatta had a tough outing Saturday in the Penguins’ 4-2 loss, and there was speculation he could be sitting tonight.

The Penguins and Rangers are tied 1-1 in their first-round series.

No Fleury for the Penguins in Game 2, but Malkin’s back

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 2 of their first round series against the New York Rangers. The Penguins managed to win Game 1 without their starting goalie and they’ll hope for another solid performance from Jeff Zatkoff.

Fleury’s been sidelined with a concussion since Mar. 31.

On a more positive note, it looks like the Penguins will be getting Evgeni Malkin back. Malkin’s been out since Mar. 11 because of an upper-body injury. The 29-year-old gives the Penguins an immediate boost up front. He had 27 goals and 58 points in 57 regular season games in 2015-16.

Bryan Rust will also be making a return to the lineup.

The Rangers also got some good news earlier today, as head coach Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist (eye) was going to be able to play in Game 2.