It's no mystery that the Penguins are hurting across the board. At the very least this recent all-star break provided the team a chance to turn things around.
On the blue line there's Brooks Orpik, ailing from a mysterious injury sustained against the Ducks nearly two weeks ago. It looked like a wrist/arm injury when seen on the replay, although that's mere speculation. Judging by Michel Therrien's commentary, it doesn't seem all too serious:
“We don’t think Orpik is going to be there Wednesday but he’s close so he’s more day-to-day."
While we're on the subject of the blue line, let's not forget the power-play quarterback Sergei Gonchar. The slow progression of his rehab is much like watching ice melt, but luckily things are progressing at a faster pace. Just the other day the Penguins announced that he started taking slapshots in practice and will continue to test out the shoulder. Can't say for sure what a return date looks like at this point in time, but this is potentially the final step in getting him back to the ice.
"I’m shooting more in practice. It’s a little sore after that but that’s the way it should be. That’s normal. I’m working on it. I’m working hard on the ice, off the ice, slap shots, everything. We’re trying to make sure my shoulder is ready for that.”Sergei Gonchar