On the eve of their first game of the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday that goaltender Tomas Vokoun will miss three-to-six months of action while he receives treatment for blood clots.
Vokoun was expected to back up Marc-Andre Fleury this year, as he did last season, even though he earned the number-one spot in the net over Fleury during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Vokoun, 37, missed extensive action while with Nashville in 2006 because of similar problems.
The Penguins will make 26 year-old Jeff Zatkoff their primary backup in goal. Zatkoff posted a 26-20 record with an impressive 1.93 goals-against average last year for the “Baby Pens,” the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton franchise of the American Hockey League.
Pittsburgh opens the season Thursday night (Oct. 3) at 7:00 PM against New Jersey at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Coverage will begin at 6:30 PM on 96.3 KQW.