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By Keith Barnes
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007

Alain Nasreddine will know right before faceoff tonight whether he will play against New Jersey. Defensemen Brooks Orpik (mild concussion) and Darryl Sydor (groin), both of whom sat out Monday's practice, returned to the ice yesterday and showed no ill effects of their injuries.

"It's feeling good and we'll see if it gets tight or anything like that, but I'm expecting to play," Sydor said. "I felt pretty good out there and I was quite surprised that I didn't really feel it too much, but whenever you do have a strain, it's always good to take precautions."

Orpik absorbed a blow to the head by Toronto left wing Simon Gamache in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs but isn't suffering from headaches or nausea. Whether he will play will be a decision made by coach Michel Therrien and not the training staff, which deems him medically cleared to play.

• While Orpik and Sydor may dot the lineup tonight it may take a little longer for forward Georges Laraque to reclaim his spot on the fourth line.

Laraque (groin) was kept out of the team's regular workout for the second straight day and, though he did take the ice briefly with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before practice, he stayed out for only a few minutes and was not in full pads.


9 - Consecutive road games New Jersey will play to start the season while the Prudential Center in Newark is completed.

48 - Evgeni Malkin's rank (tied with 33 others) among the NHL's scoring leaders, the highest of any Penguins player.

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