Apr 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik (71) attempted to defend during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Defenseman Brooks Orpik Skates Alone Tuesday


Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik – who’s been sidelined since suffering a lower-body injury April 23rd – was reported to have skated on his own before the team practiced Tuesday morning – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Due to the unknown severity of the injury, Orpik is still considered to be day-to-day and has no timetable for return. Which also means he’ll be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s series opener.

Orpik left the game midway through the first period against the Buffalo Sabres last Tuesday, and speculation believes he may have injured himself while blocking a shot.

Chances are he’ll be ready to go for the first game – even though the Pens continue to claim he is questionable.

Orpik has played in 46 contests for Pittsburgh this year, registering eight assists and skating to a plus-17.

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