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NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins injury updates on Malkin, Fleury, Maatta, Rust and Bennett!

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The Pittsburgh Penguins took back to the ice for the beginning of playoff preparations for their 2016 first round playoff game against the New York Rangers. Find out the latest about Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Olli Maatta, Bryan Rust and Beau Bennett!

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The Penguins got back to work today to prepare for their first round series against the New York Rangers. With so many players banged up and/or hurt, attendance would be an interesting topic. Let's take it case-by-case:

Evgeni Malkin

His initial window of a return from his March 11th injury would put a return no sooner than April 22nd. Malkin has been ramping up his rehab, and today for the first time was observed shooting pucks with his stick as he skated before practice.

We'll see how it goes, the team hasn't officially ruled Malkin out of the opening round at this point.

Marc-Andre Fleury

In probably the best news of the day, Fleury skated with the team at practice and took a full, normal practice. This marks his first time doing that since playing on March 31st. Hopefully he suffers no further symptoms in the coming day, because it looks like Fleury could be on-track to play against the Rangers when the series opens up on Wednesday.

Fleury was playing it cool after practice

Olli Maatta

Took practice with the team today, for the first time since he last played on March 24th, but was used on a defense pairing with Derrick Pouliot. Maatta's typical partner, Kris Letang, practiced with Trevor Daley.

Which would seem to make Maatta's status for the opener still up in the air.

Beau Bennett, Matt Murray

Weren't seen at all :(

Make of that what you will, but it would appear to be longshots that either Bennett or Murray are able to play early in the series.


Per Seth Rorabaugh of the PG, here's the way the Pens were operating today:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnhackl - Matt Cullen - Eric Fehr

Tom Sestito - Oskar Sundqvist - Conor Sheary

Daley - Letang

Brian Dumoulin - Ben Lovejoy

Ian Cole - Justin Schultz

Maatta - Pouliot

Fleury, Jeff Zatkoff and Tristan Jarry were the goalies.


Since it's the playoffs, everyone is day-to-day according to coach Mike Sullivan. And, in a sense, we're all just day-to-day.

Rangers news:

For some reason, Henrik Lundqvist twice left NYR practice today. What does it mean? Nothing? Everything? Who knows, but let's freak out anyways!!!

Also, Ryan McDonagh skated. Fortunately for the Pens, it looks like Dan Girardi will be able to play.