Staal returns to lineup after dehydration issues
CALGARY, Alberta -- Penguins center Jordan Staal played against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night despite leaving the season opener in Vancouver two nights earlier with dehydration issues.
Staal, who did not practice Friday, said he was fully recovered from the troubles that plagued him against the Canucks.
"It was just a hot building," Staal said. "I guess my body sweats a lot, and I got a lot of cramps. My legs starting seizing up."
Staal wasn't the only player to complain about the temperature inside Rogers Arena. Evgeni Malkin blamed what he considered warm temperatures for feeling tired during the game.
Staal took part in yesterday's morning skate and was never concerned he wouldn't play last night.
"I just kind of rested," he said of Friday's day off. "A lot of fluids and a lot of rest."
Dehydration isn't a common injury for hockey players, and Staal said he hopes he doesn't play in conditions like that inside Rogers Arena anytime soon.
"I tried a couple of shifts and could barely make it through," Staal said of the third period in Vancouver. "So maybe I'll drink a little more water. It was hot. I think a lot of guys on the team were cramping. It just seemed that I got the worst of it. I've never had it like that before."
Orpik still out
Defenseman Brooks Orpik skated for an extended period following the morning skate but still isn't ready to return from summer hernia surgery. It appears unlikely Orpik will play tonight in Edmonton, though the Penguins believe he will return soon. "Brooks is close," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He's improving."
Sid skates again
Captain Sidney Crosby skated for more than an hour in Calgary. He has practiced with the Penguins five consecutive days, last taking a break when the team was off Monday.
The Penguins used the same lineup last night as they did against Vancouver, with Richard Park (healthy), Steve MacIntyre (healthy) and Orpik representing the scratches.