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.
Orpik: “Passed the baseline test. Did some contact yesterday. Got thru that and feel good today. Going from there.” #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 20, 2013
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.