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Penguins winger Guerin deals with spasms

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Penguins winger Bill Guerin (back) will be a game-time decision to play Saturday against Dallas at Mellon Arena.

A late scratch Thursday night at the New York Rangers because of back spasms, Guerin did not practice Friday at Southpointe. If Guerin does play, he will skate on a line with center Sidney Crosby and winger Chris Kunitz. If he cannot, newly acquired winger Alexei Ponikarovsky may share shifts on lines centered by both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

» Ponikarovsky practiced with the Penguins for the first time since he was acquired late Tuesday night from Toronto. He will wear No. 23, last worn by winger Eric Boguniecki in 2006. Ponikarovsky will see time as a net-front presence on the power-play unit, coach Dan Bylsma said.

» Crosby, Malkin and defenseman Brooks Orpik were excused from practice by Bylsma, though returning Olympic defenseman Sergei Gonchar and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury did participate. All players are expected to dress Saturday against Dallas, and Bylsma said Fleury will start.

» Fleury has gone 58 regular-season games since his last shutout. In fact, his was the Penguins' last shutout — March 25, 2009, at home against Calgary.

"That's crazy, right?" he said. "I guess you could say I am due, but so is any goalie we have."

Fleury has allowed only one goal in 16 games over this stretch.

» A satellite phenomenon known in the industry as a "sun outage" is expected to briefly affect FSN Pittsburgh's broadcast of the game Saturday. The sun's alignment in relation to the satellite is likely to cause an outage starting at 1:19 p.m. This will disable FSN Pittsburgh's signal for between 2-4 minutes. "Sun outages" affect FSN Pittsburgh's broadcast signal twice a year between October and November and during March. They are not preventable.




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