Jan 20, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) handles the puck against the Florida Panthers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Panthers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Injury Report 3/27: Martin Skates


Injured Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Paul Martin reportedly skated, Thursday, and is set to go through another X-ray this weekend – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Martin broke his hand during Team USA’s quarterfinal matchup with the Czech Republic back in February, and was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks for recovery – per Michelle Crechiolo of the Pens’ website.

At this point and time it’s difficult to assess when Martin may return, however, the indication he’s skating at least gives us hope he’ll be re-inserted within the next two weeks.

In 33 games this season, Martin’s collected 12 points (2G, 10A) and skated to a minus-1 rating.

Other news to pass along – both defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Tomas Vokoun participated in practice, Thursday, while forwards Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale missed it – per the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Although there’s no clear-cut evidence stating Vokoun was in fact present, the indication that forward Evgeni Malkin and Vitale were specifically absent suggests he was there.

Vitale is still nursing an upper-body injury he suffered in last Thursday’s tilt with the Detroit Red Wings, and we can consider him on a day-to-day schedule.

It’s obvious why Malkin was not there, given his injury was relayed just yesterday. He remains on a 2-3 week timetable due to a foot ailment – per Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website.

The game tonight can be seen on the ROOT Network, and is set to start at 7 p.m.

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