Dec 3, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) plays the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the second period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Injury Report 12/20: Orpik Practices, Malkin Skates


Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Brooks Orpik reportedly practiced with the team Friday morning – according to the team’s Twitter handle.

However, Sam Kasan of the team’s website reported that he apparently didn’t have a full-practice, given he’s still recovering from a concussion. The 33-year-old reportedly said after practice that he had passed the baseline test, and experienced contact yesterday.

Orpik remains day-to-day, but it’s encouraging to see he was able to participate in team activity. He’s been out since Dec. 7, and has missed the last six games.

Forward Tanner Glass and defenseman Rob Scuderi also practiced with the team Friday. Glass is recovering from a broken hand he suffered back on Nov. 23, while Scuderi is rehabilitating a broken ankle that’s kept him out since Oct. 26.

Both players are close to returning. On Monday, Glass was reportedly 3-5 days away from game action, and Scuderi was approximately 7-10 days – per Kasan.

Forward Evgeni Malkin, whose been out since crashing awkwardly into the boards last Saturday, didn’t practice, but did skate on his own Friday. He remains out with a lower-body injury, and his status for Saturday’s tilt is in doubt.

There’s no update on defenseman Kris Letang, or any other injured players – yet. Stay tuned.


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