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Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

-- There was no clarity Sunday night regarding the status of Penguins center Jordan Staal. He did not take another shift after he was struck on the left side of his face near his jaw by a puck shot from defenseman Kris Letang during an overtime power play in an eventual 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago. Staal, who held a large ice pack against his face after the game, was to be evaluated by Penguins doctors. "He gave me the thumbs up when I came into the room," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming that means he's good." Staal played in his 21st consecutive game after missing the first 39 this season because of various injuries. The Penguins are already without top centers Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (knee surgery).

-- Before the game, Bylsma said the Penguins "possibly could be getting some (injured) players back" for games this weekend at Carolina and Toronto. "We don't know that for sure," Bylsma said, declining to specify which players could return. Left wing Chris Kunitz and center Dustin Jeffrey recently have resumed individual workouts. Both players have been out with lower-body injuries.

-- The Penguins played the final 2:51 of the first period on the man-advantage because defenseman Brooks Orpik was clipped under the chin by the stick of Blackhawks right wing Patrick Sharp. They were awarded a four-minute power play but needed 1:50 to register a shot - from second-unit defenseman Zbynek Michalek. The power play carried over into the second period, and the Penguins finished with three shots but without a goal. Overall they were 0 for 4 on the power play with only four shots. They had been 6 for 24 on the advantage in their five previous games, going 2-3-0 over that span.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed fewer than three goals for the 26th game dating to Nov. 12, said an early third-period goal by Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell deflected off the lower body of a teammate before knuckling over his right glove. "It went right into the corner, too," Fleury said. "I was, like, 'Sheesh!'"

Additional Information:

Today's game

vs. Capitals

7:30 p.m. today

Consol Energy Center

TV/radio: Versus/WXDX-FM (105.9) and the Penguins Radio Network

Season series: Penguins trail, 1-2-0. They have lost two in a row to the Capitals since winning, 3-2, at Washington in a shootout Dec. 23. The Capitals won the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, 3-1, and 3-0 at Verizon Center on Feb. 6.

Who to watch: Winger Alexander Semin, recently back from injury, has scored 10 goals and recorded 19 points in 20 career games against the Penguins.

Trends: The Capitals have not lost in regulation to the Penguins since March 9, 2008 - a span of 11 regular-season games. ... Defenseman Mike Green has missed four straight games because of an inner ear infection. ... The Capitals have lost three of the past four games in which they've entered the final period tied.

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