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TK: day-to-day

This time of year in the hockey world there's only two types of injuries: upper and lower body.  Put Tyler Kennedy in the latter category.  For the Pittsburgh Penguins there's only one prognosis: the dreaded "day-to-day".  Put TK in there too:

Bylsma listed Tyler Kennedy as having a lower-body injury. His status is day-to-day. Kennedy was injured in the first period of Pittsburgh's 7-4 Game 4 victory at Ottawa on Tuesday.

Kennedy did not return but he did keep his equipment on for the rest of the game.

 

Short of having surgery, everyone's day-to-day in the Penguins' press releases.  Even Jordan Leopold, who was knocked unconscious and appears to be out for the forseeable future in technically day-to-day.  But that Kennedy was able to keep his stuff on and stay on the bench seems to be a good sign.

Hopefully if the Penguins can get out of their first round series as soon as possible -- something they were unable to do last season to make it through the Eastern Conference grind when both early series went 6 and 7 games.  Favored seeds New Jersey and Buffalo are struggling, but they may yet at least push their series deep, which would give about a week for the Pens to rest their bumps and bruises from the Ottawa series.

To do that, however, they'll have to win the hardest game of the series against Ottawa on Thursday.  It won't be easy, but the rewards could be plentiful.