Jeff Zatkoff is making a believer out of the Penguins. Following three cameo appearances during the past seven weeks, Zatkoff is about to become busier as the Penguins enter one of their most grueling stretches of the regular season. Coach Dan Bylsma is prepared to give Zatkoff more playing time. “I think he's proven he can go in there and be a solid backstop,” Bylsma said. “He's going to get another game here coming up.” Zatkoff figures to get one of the starts this weekend because the Penguins are playing back-to-back games. Given that Saturday's game is in Montreal and that Marc-Andre Fleury was not given the start in the Penguins' only appearance in his home province of Quebec last season, logic strongly points toward Zatkoff starting Friday at Consol Energy Center against the Islanders. Zatkoff sounds ready. “We haven't talked about who's playing when yet,” Zatkoff said. “But, you know, I'm not worried about it. I'm just going to work hard in practice and, when I get in there, I plan on giving the team a chance to win. That's my job.” It's a job he has handled well in two of his three appearances. Zatkoff's first NHL start was, by all accounts, not his best effort. The Penguins lost in Florida, 6-3 and Zatkoff never looked comfortable.
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Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Nov 22