With six key pieces of the Stanley Cup champions on the shelf, here's a look at their various paths back to the lineup. Unfortunately, lately more have been adding to this list quicker than have been coming off of it, but hopefully that is about to change.
|Sergei Gonchar||Broken bone in wrist||Injured on October 20th, expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Has missed very little practice time (but hasn't participated fully). Is progressing well, slowly but seems to be on pace for a late November/early December return.|
|Evgeni Malkin||Shoulder strain||Last played on October 28th, said to miss 2-3 weeks. Malkin upgraded his status to "day to day" and has increased his skating in practice. There's no reason to rush him in November, but it seems the big guy is starting to feel better and stronger, which is obviously very welcomed.|
|Tyler Kennedy||Groin||Missed about a week in late October, returned and played well in a game on November 3rd, but he didn't feel well and has been out ever since.|
|Brooks Orpik||Undisclosed||Injured in Tuesday's game, just examined by doctor's yesterday. KDKA's Bob Pompeani told me that Orpik surmised he might be out about a week or so. But official prognosis or time out hasn't been determined yet.|
|Kris Letang||Bruised Shoulder||Injured November 7th, said to miss about two weeks. No real word on Letang since he suffered his shoulder "contusion", he's on the shelf for the next little while before he's back to the ice for practice.|
|Maxime Talbot||Shoulder surgery||Superstar continues to practice on his long trip of rehab back to the lineup. No news of late, which is a good thing. He's probably still on pace for a return sometime in December.|