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.
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.
Some good news on the injury front for the New York Rangers. Head coach Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
There was some doubt around Lundqvist’s status after he took a stick to the eye from teammate Marc Staal in Game 1 (top).
With Ryan McDonagh already out of the lineup, the Rangers needed all the help they can get after losing Game 1 of the series.
New York will also be without Dan Girardi in this one.
Lundqvist’s injury has ignited a debate across the NHL about changing the cages on the front of goalie masks going forward. Closing the space between openings would eliminate the possibility of sticks poking goalies in the eye, but it may obstruct a goalie’s view of the puck.
Pittsburgh’s goaltending situation going into Game 2 is still unclear. Coach Mike Sullivan announced that Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) will be a game-time decision. The same thing goes for injured forward Evgeni Malkin, who’s been out since Mar. 13 with an upper body injury.
We won’t have to wait much longer to find out who’s playing and who’s not. Game 2 gets underway at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Evgeni Malkin can’t say for sure when he’ll be able to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup.
But he did shoot a few pucks on Marc-Andre Fleury this morning, and he didn’t rule out a return sometime during the Pens’ first-round series with the Rangers.
Malkin has not played since March 11 due to an upper-body injury that was expected to keep him sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
Malkin’s availability in the first round may depend partly on how his teammates are doing versus the Rangers. The Pens took a 1-0 series lead last night, so, for now, the desperation factor is fairly low.
But if the series were to turn against them, Malkin could become extra motivated to get back in there, and the Penguins could become extra motivated to grant his wish.
As for Fleury? He wasn’t sharing any specifics about his status either.
Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh (on NBC).
If you judge matchups by reputation or experience, then the Pittsburgh Penguins will need to overcome the New York Rangers’ huge advantage in net in Game 1.
Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t dressing for the Penguins on Wednesday. With that in mind, the Penguins go to third place on their organizational depth chart as Jeff Zatkoff will start in net. (Tristan Jarry serves as his backup.)
On the other end of the ice? Only Henrik Lundqvist, maybe the most reliably excellent goalie in the NHL.
Another lineup note: