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PensLog: Letang has lengthy workout, but does not join Malkin at #pens practice.

A quick update prior to the Penguins’ full practice at Consol Energy Center:

= D Kris Letang (lower body injury) skated with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for 47 minutes. He focused mostly on testing his injury, including drills that featured lateral movement and backwards turns. Occasionally, Letang appeared to be in slight discomfort.

He donned full equipment for this skate.

Keep in mind his injury – presumed a groin – is one that teammates said is an aggravation of a previous trouble spot.

Letang met for about five minutes with Kadar and Penguins trainers while on the bench.

He did not return for the club’s practice.

His status going into Thursday was day-to-day. He did not practice with teammate.

= Center Evgeni Malkin (upper body injury) did not skate individually, as he did before an optional practice on Wednesday.

Malkin is practicing with teammates Thursday.

He remains hopeful of playing Friday at the New York Islanders.

= LW Matt Cooke is practicing, though he and trainer Chris Stewart had a brief chat before the session. He has been dealing with a lower-body injury, a presumed foot ailment. Cooke has played through it, though he has missed some practice time.

—     Rossi

 

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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