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By Josh Yohe
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 6:57 p.m.
 

• Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has rebounded from a turbulent 2013 playoff benching and a summer of change to post a 6-0 record with a 1.67 goals against average. Roberto Luongo has noticed. The Vancouver goalie, no stranger to scrutiny and controversy, admitted to being impressed with the man he will face at Consol Energy Center on Saturday when the Canucks visit Pittsburgh for the first time since 2010. “I'm happy for him,” Luongo said. “The guy's been through a lot. Anytime a guy goes through all of that and plays this well, it's nice to see.” Luongo and Fleury have much in common. Both entered the NHL with much praise and generally have been successful. Each has produced a monumental achievement — Fleury won the Stanley Cup in 2009, and Luongo was Canada's goaltender when it claimed the 2010 Olympic gold medal — while also struggling mightily at times in the postseason. “I've been through a little bit of that myself,” Luongo said.

• Right wing James Neal and left wing Beau Bennett were present at practice, but neither suited up. Neal remains out of the lineup indefinitely with an upper-body injury, and Bennett is unlikely to play against Vancouver as he continues to nurse a lower-body injury.

• Right wing Matt D'Agostini practiced again as he continues to recuperate from a lower-body injury suffered early in training camp. He could return to game action in approximately a week. Defenseman Kris Letang pracitced with the team but is unlikely to play on Saturday.

• The Penguins recalled winger Chris Conner from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is tied for the lead in goals and points for the AHL affiliate. Conner could see playing time because of injuries to Neal, Bennett and D'Agostini.

— Josh Yohe

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