The Penguins announced about as good of news as could be expected today for players injured last night in Conor Sheary and Kris Letang
Coach Sullivan: "Kris Letang is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Sheary is day-to-day with an eye injury. Sid skated this morning."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 19, 2016
Sheary took a nasty high-stick to the eye area in the second period and did not return. Letang left mid-way through the 3rd after absorbing a hit into the boards and also did not return to the game. We're all "day-to-day" in a manner of speaking, but this classification in NHL-speak generally means there shouldn't be a prolonged absence.
Sullivan hinted yesterday that Sidney Crosby might return to practice today, but today's practice (following back-to-back games) was just 3 little-used skaters (Tom Sestito and Derrick Pouliot plus Bryan Rust) and the 2 goalies that haven't played in Mike Condon and Matt Murray. It will be interesting to see if Crosby makes that next tangible step in his process to return be rejoining the group tomorrow, after being diagnosed with a concussion on October 10th (and skating since Oct 11).
Speaking of Murray:
Crosby skated this morning. Murray will rejoin team for practices starting tomorrow, per Coach Sullivan -SK— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 19, 2016
This is good news for everyone but Condon, as Murray was said to be out 3-6 weeks on what's going on 4 weeks ago. With his thumb injury once he makes it through a few practices, if there's no further complication he should be back in game-form relatively soon.
The Penguins are back in action tomorrow night for a Stanley Cup Final rematch with the Sharks before jetting out to Smashville for a game against the Predators on Saturday night, then enjoy two days off before hosting the Panthers. 3 pretty good teams directly ahead, so hopefully some of those injured players could be back sooner than later.