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PreCalc: Bennett absence forces Pens’ lines shuffle at practice.

Greetings from Fifth Avenue…

 

= LINES AND PAIRINGS

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Jokinen-Malkin-Kobasew

Glass-Sutter-Adams

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Orpik-Martin

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Extras: Letang, Engelland

Goalies: Fleury, Zatkoff

  • Engelland took rushes with the fourth line, but the Penguins practiced with only 11 forwards. Glass and Adams moved from the fourth to third line because Kobasew moved from the third to second.

 

= INJURIES UPDATES

  • D Kris Letang (lower-body injury, undisclosed) is on the ice. This marks his second practice since he was injured Sept. 27. Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday there was no set date for Letang’s return, but also noted he wanted to see if Letang could avoid a setback and practice Monday.
  • LW/RW Beau Bennett did not practice. He played 6:05 in a victory at Tampa Bay on Saturday. He was on the ice for only four shifts over the final two periods of that win, and for just 54 seconds in the third period.
    Bennett had spent the first five games as the second-line right winger. Chuck Kobasew, a right-handed shot, filled that slot on Monday.
  • RW James Neal (upper body, undisclosed) did not practice. He has not practiced since he played 3 minutes and 49 seconds in a victory over New Jersey at home on Oct. 12. He is out indefinitely.
  • LW Matt D’Agostini (lower body, undisclosed) did not practice. Bylsma has said he could return to practice Wednesday or Friday.
  • D’Agostini and G Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are on the long-term injury list.

 

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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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