TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Penguins' Orpik out; Neal to have phone hearing

AP - The Penguins' Brooks Orpik is taken off the ice after being injured against the Bruins on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>The Penguins' Brooks Orpik is taken off the ice after being injured against the Bruins on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
NHLI via Getty Images - James Neal headshot
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NHLI via Getty Images</em></div>James Neal headshot

Penguins/NHL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Rob Rossi podcasts

  • Loading...

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5:24 p.m.
 

The battered Penguins will be without two more key players Monday night.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) will not play against Columbus at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins also expect that right winger James Neal will receive a multiple-game suspension after a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety before the game.

Neal's suspension will be no more than five games. Otherwise, his hearing would have been in person with Player Safety vice president Brendan Shanahan.

Neal kneed Boston winger Brad Marchand in the head during a loss Saturday night at TD Garden.

A few seconds after that first-period incident, Orpik was taken to the ice from behind by Bruins winger Shawn Thornton, who then punched Orpik several times.

Thornton received a match penalty. His in-person hearing with Player Safety had not been scheduled as of Sunday afternoon.

Orpik, who was knocked out by Thornton and briefly hospitalized, was alert while resting at his home Sunday. He will need to pass a baseline cognitive test for return-to-play clearance as part of NHL concussion protocol.

The Penguins did not practice Sunday, and team officials were not available for comment. An update on Orpik is expected Monday.

The Penguins already were down two top-four defensemen in Rob Scuderi (ankle) and Paul Martin (foot). Also, center Evgeni Malkin, the NHL's second-leading scorer, has missed the past two games and did not accompany the Penguins to Boston.

Coach Dan Bylsma's squad is entering a third consecutive week with a 23-man roster that includes at least five AHL regulars.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Penguins

  1. Sutter: Staal effect felt on 3rd line with Penguins
  2. Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
  3. Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
  4. Reliving the moment a decade ago that shifted the Penguins' history
  5. New Pens winger Fehr ready for defense-first role
  6. Pens assistant GM Fitzgerald leaves for Devils
  7. Penguins co-owner Burkle stands to make big profit in selling team
  8. At Carnegie Mellon University, hockey analytics enjoys rebirth
  9. ‘Warning track’ makes Pittsburgh debut at Southpointe’s Iceoplex
  10. Penguins to appear on national TV 18 times in 2015-16