December 3, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Penguins On The Road In Montreal

With Tyler Kennedy out for the Pittsburgh Penguins, a familiar face took the ice during practice in Montreal.     That’s right, Sidney Crosby was practicing with the team, but was not allowed to be touched.    Also, his status has not changed because he is still having symptoms.    They did get some good news, Jordan Staal and Simon Despres were both on the ice for full practice for the first time.     They are both right on schedule for a return within the next week or week and a half or so.      That would give a solid boost to the second and third lines respectively.       We should also be seeing Marc Andre Fleury back in net tomorrow night after being pulled the other night.

The Pens injury report consists of Crosby, Staal, Despres and Asham.    Asham and Crosby will be out for the foreseeable future both with Concussion symptoms.    But as mentioned, Staal and Despres should be back by late next week or so.      I do not think it will stretch past the 15th if they are practicing now.     That would give them almost 2 weeks of practice,  and they were already skating.     We can also add Tyler Kennedy to this list now with what seems to be a lower body injury.       As for the Canadiens, the injury bug has been punishing for them also.     Here is a list of players that will be sitting out tomorrow night for them.    (from the official website)

F Michael Blunden, lower body (2)
F Brian Gionta, torn biceps (11)
D Andrei Markov, knee (53)
F Travis Moen, upper body (5)
F Petteri Nokelainen, upper body (6)
F Ryan White, lower body (53)

The number by the injury stands for the amount of games missed.     This is one of the key reasons why this team has struggled for the better part of the season. The Canadiens still have scoring power in the lineup, but they struggle on defense which in turn makes it difficult for Carey Price and Peter Budaj between the pipes.    I would expect that Penguins first line to smell the blood in the water and try to take advantage of the lack luster play.    Though, the Pens have traditionally struggled in Montreal.

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