Penguins notebook: Orpik, Glass back; Malkin close
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Penguins, ravaged by injuries during the past month, finally welcomed back a couple of players Friday.
Defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) and left wing Tanner Glass (broken hand) played against Carolina.
Orpik battled the flu during the team's three-day break for Christmas but was able to participate against the Hurricanes.
“I feel a little light,” said Orpik, referencing the stomach bug that hampered him for two days. “But I'm excited to be back in there.”
Glass joked that it was nice to have so much company in the trainer's room during the past month but turned serious when talking about his return to the lineup.
“I'm happy that the young guys played so well and made the most of their opportunities,” Glass said. “It's good to be back.”
• Center Evgeni Malkin participated during the morning skate Friday and remained on the ice for 30 additional minutes with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Malkin, who hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 14 in Detroit, could return to game action Sunday in Columbus.
• Defenseman Kris Letang, out of the lineup since Dec. 13 because of an elbow infection, skated by himself Friday in Pittsburgh.
• Defenseman Olli Maatta played in his 40th game Friday. The total means he has participated in an accrued NHL season, per the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, making him eligible for free agency a year earlier than under ordinary circumstances.
• Defenseman Deryk Engelland returned to the lineup Friday after serving a five-game suspension.
• Left wing Zach Boychuk, who played in seven games with the Penguins last season, was recalled from Charlotte (AHL) and played for Carolina on Friday. It marked his second NHL game this season.
— Josh Yohe
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
- Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought
- Penguins coach says team needs to ‘lessen the load’ on Crosby
- Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract
- Pens’ Johnston hopes to `lessen the load’ for Crosby
- Penguins alumni rally to help Mitch Wilson, who is fighting ALS
- Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
- Now healthy, Penguins’ Bennett eyes bigger role