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.