Dupuis, Asham expected back soon for Penguins

| Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

The Penguins appeared to have dodged a bullet regarding the health of forwards Pascal Dupuis and Arron Asham. Although no confirmation has been made that both will be available when the Penguins return to action against the Rangers on Friday at Consol Energy Center, neither player is seriously injured.

Dupuis skated before the Penguins practiced Tuesday. Although he did not practice with the team, his skating was a good indication that his upper-body injury isn't serious. Asham did not skate but appeared to be walking without a limp three days after being hit in the knee by a shot.

"Dupuis is day-to-day," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I'm hoping that he continues to progress. I would put Asham in (that category) as well."

> > The Penguins hosted children and their families from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh and The Children's Home on Tuesday at practice. Players and team officials took part in a special luncheon with the children following practice.

"It's a big day for them," Bylsma said. "To see their faces and smiles, knowing that they're having a dream day for them to come see us practice and have lunch and meet them, it's great."

> > Center Dustin Jeffrey (knee) and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (concussion) skated with Dupuis before practice. There is no target date for either to return to the lineup.

> > No update was given on the status of center Sidney Crosby (headaches) or defenseman Kris Letang (concussion).

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