Apr 28, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Joe Vitale (46) is helped off the ice by right wing Lee Stempniak (22) and defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) after he was injured in a collision with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Blake Comeau (not shown) in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. The Penguins won the game 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Injury Report 4/30: Gibbons, Orpik, Sutter, Vitale News


Injured Pittsburgh Penguins’ forwards Brian Gibbons, Brandon Sutter, and Joe Vitale all reportedly practiced Wednesday, while defenseman Brooks Orpik did not – according to the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Gibbons has not played since Game 2 of the first-round, after leaving the tilt with an unknown injury. While it’s nice to see Gibbons’ practicing, there’s no indication he skated on a line, and so his second-round availability is still in the air.

Sutter and Vitale left Monday’s series-clinching Game 6 in the second period, and did not return. Sutter was hurt while killing off a penalty and hobbled down the runway, while Vitale collided knee-on-knee with ‘Jackets forward Blake Comeau, and needed help off the ice.

It’s not so surprising to see Sutter out there, but Vitale’s injury seemed more severe, and his appearance in practice is extremely stunning. Here’s what they both had to say regarding their current ailments – per Pens’ Twitter handle:

Orpik missed practice again, and there continues to be confusion as to what could possibly be ailing him. The 33-year-old blueliner left last Friday’s practice spontaneously, missed the last two games of round one, and has yet to do any hockey activities.

His availability, at the moment, seems to be a reach for at least Game 1.

Pittsburgh’s first game of round two is set to get underway Friday.

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