Jan 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy (48) moves behind the net as Washington Capitals defensemen Dennis Wideman (6) and Karl Alzner (27) pursue during the second period at Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Miller-US PRESSWIRE

Another Injury For The Penguins...And Other News

The Pittsburgh Penguins received some more troubling injury news today with Tyler Kennedy being diagnosed with a High Ankle Sprain which will put him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.      

In other injury news, Aaron Asham was on the ice for the first time in many weeks with his first steps to recovering from the Concussion he received last month.        Also, Jordan Staal who is on pace to be back starting late next week took a stick to the face from Evgeni Malkin and ended up with a hand full of stitches.     He is said to be fine and that will not lead to any set backs.

According to Sam Kasan these were the line combinations at practice today.

Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
Dupuis-O’Reilly-Sullivan
Cooke-Staal-Jeffrey
Adams-Vitale-Park

Orpik-Letang
Martin-Michalek
Niskanen-Engelland
Lovejoy-Despres

In other news, the Pens are gearing up for another Saturday Sunday back to back situation both are at home.     Saturday the Pens take on the Winnipeg Jets and on Sunday, they take of Stephen Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.      The Penguins are coming off a 4 game road trip where they went 2-2.     In the 2 wins, the defense and offense both worked well and pitched in evenly.    In the 2 losses, the Defense gave up too many chances and Fleury, who has been solid for practically the entire season gave up a few easy ones.

Without Staal in the lineup, the Penguins second line is average.      It’s a line full of role players.     When you are able to get  some healthy talent back in the lineup, it’s almost like bringing in a free agent.     The main difference being the team is ultra aware of the players talents.      This Pens team is a competitive team with Malkin and Neal, but without a Staal or a Crosby, they are not a legitimate Stanley Cup Contender.

As far as Crosby, there is still no news and he was on the ice today, before the rest of the team.   He is still battling symptoms from either the Neck or the Concussion.      He is rehabbing the injury as if it is just a neck issue and neck issue only.

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