Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Murray (lower body) hasn't resumed skating yet.

Murray was last on the ice for the pregame warmups in Game 1 of the Penguins' first round series on April 12. Given that it's been nearly two weeks since Murray last skated, we don't expect him to be available anytime soon.
Apr 24 - 4:22 PM

Chad Ruhwedel (upper body) took part in Monday's practice.

Ruhwedel will be a game-time decision in Game 1 on Wednesday, per Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. He had two goals and 10 points in 34 regular season games.
Apr 24 - 4:19 PM

Carl Hagelin (lower body) didn't practice with the Penguins on Monday, but he did skate on his own.

Hagelin was also on the ice on Sunday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that they're "hopeful that we're going to have him," but for now it'd be best to continue to regard Hagelin as day-to-day.
Apr 24 - 3:14 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) participated in Monday's practice.

That was the second straight practice that Kunitz participated in after skating on his own Saturday. Kunitz's goal is to be ready for Game 1, but he's currently being regarded as a game-time decision by the team.
Apr 24 - 2:58 PM

Matt Murray (lower body) didn't participate in Monday's practice.

Unless Murray skated on his own, it's been almost two weeks since he was last on the ice. After excelling in the first round, the Penguins would probably stick with Marc-Andre Fleury at this point even if Murray was healthy, but as long as Murray's sidelined, the Penguins don't have a good Plan B available if Fleury struggles or suffers an injury.
Apr 24 - 1:15 PM

The intensity level for Patric Hornqvist is extreme.

The first time Tom Kuhnhackl was in the Pittsburgh dressing room, he heard a scream in Swedish and was actually scared. It came from Hornqvist who was revving himself up for the game. Hornqvist loves to yell at opposing players and officials on the bench and coach Mike Sullivan has to tell him to calm down five or six times per game. "I don’t ever want him to change," Sullivan said of Hornqvist. "That’s what makes him what he is. That’s what makes him the personality that helps this team become a more competitive team. I think that energy is contagious. I think his teammates get a kick out of it. I know his coaches do." He has two goals and an assist in five games thus far and is playing alongside Sidney Crosby at this time.
Apr 24 - 10:14 AM

Conor Sheary did not score in the first round.

Sheary started the series on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel but was on the third line by the end of Game 5. He ended up with two assists in five games and is now on the third unit with Scott Wilson and Nick Bonino. "It’s tough," Sheary said. "This is kind of part of the learning process for myself. I think you’ve got to learn when you’re not scoring, how to come out of that and just play your game, stick to your instincts. I think you get away from that a little bit when you’re worried about it." Sheary finished the season with 23 goals, tied for third on the Penguins. He is capable of plenty more and should break loose sooner rather than later.
Apr 24 - 10:05 AM

Chad Ruhwedel (upper body) joined the Penguins for Sunday's practice.

Ruhwedel wasn't available for the first round of the playoffs. "Just practice and trying to get in the game shape again, and hopefully get to do some more battle drills coming up in the near future," Ruhwedel reported. It remains to be seen if he'll be available for Game 1 of the second round.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 5:05 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) took part in Sunday's practice.

Kunitz has missed 10 straight games, including the Penguins' five-game first round series against Columbus. "It's unfortunate I missed the first round. It was a great round against Columbus with some time in between, so I hope to get back soon," Kunitz said. "It's tough watching playoff hockey. Fortunately for me, my team moved on so it gave me a chance to hopefully get back in the lineup." He didn't have any problems during Sunday's practice so the next step is to see how he feels on Monday.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 5:04 PM

When it comes to playoff points-per-game, the Pittsburgh Penguins feature the top players of the salary cap era.

Among players that have participated in a minimum of 30 playoff games from 2006 onward, Sidney Crosby leads the pack with an average of 1.12 playoff PPG in the salary cap era. Teammate Evgeni Malkin is right behind him in second place with 1.09 PPG. To make things even more impressive, Phil Kessel is tied for third place with 1.00 PPG in the postseason. Those forwards will be a lot for the winner of the Capitals-Maple Leafs series to deal with.
Apr 23 - 1:38 PM

Phil Kessel didn't participate in Sunday's practice.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said afterwards that Kessel had a maintenance day. The Penguins are just resting and waiting for the start of the second round, so Kessel skipping a morning skate isn't alarming.
Apr 23 - 1:09 PM

Carl Hagelin (lower body) has been skating but not regularly of late.

Hagelin has been out of action since March 10 and the Penguins miss his presence and speed in the lineup during the playoffs. He had only six goals and 22 points in 61 games this season but was a big part of the Penguins run to the Stanley Cup last year. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 23 - 10:38 AM

Chad Ruhwedel skated on his own Saturday as he has an upper body injury.

Ruhwedel has missed the opening series of the playoffs but had he been healthy he likely would have been a healthy scratch. The defenseman is a depth player but you need those players in the playoffs as there are always plenty of injuries.
Apr 23 - 10:35 AM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) skated on his own Saturday.

Kunitz sustained a lower body injury on March 31 and has yet to play since. The next step for Kunitz will be partaking in practice and if all goes well, get him back in action. Kunitz had nine goals and 29 points in 71 games but the Penguins miss his physicality in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 10:32 AM

Matt Murray has not been on the ice since he suffered a lower body injury prior to Game 1 of the first round on April 12.

That does not bode well for Murray and it looks as if Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes for Game 1 of the second round later this week. There is no timetable at this time for the return of Murray to the Penguins lineup.
Apr 23 - 10:30 AM


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