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Pittsburgh Penguins injury update: Carl Hagelin, Matt Murray, Chris Kunitz

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Updates on the statuses of several injured Pittsburgh Penguins players

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This Mike Sullivan said Monday that he is "hopeful" that injured forward Carl Hagelin could return at some point for the second round series against the Washington Capitals.

"He’s getting closer, he skated today [before practice]. He skated yesterday on his own. He’s making progress. We’re hopeful we’re going to get him soon. It’s one of those injuries that’s going to be a day-to-day thing. I can’t say for sure, but certainly we’re hopeful."

That could be empty playoff gamesmanship, or it could be legitimate. One never knows this time of year. However, optimists can always point out to the initial 4-6 week diagnosis for Hagelin at the time of his injury, and it's now been 6 weeks. Now obviously he's not received all his clearances just quite yet, but perhaps there could be reason to think that Hagelin could return at some point. The Penguins have an off-day on Tuesday, perhaps on Wednesday we'll see if he's out there with the team or not.

One player that does look like he will be playing at the start of the Washington series is veteran forward Chris Kunitz who participated in today's practice with a regular jersey after wearing a no-contact jersey over the weekend

This would mean Carter Rowney is the odd-man out and first scratch.

If/when Hagelin is able to return (assuming no other injuries), candidates for the press box could be Scott Wilson or Tom Kuhnhackl.

One player who will be in the press box for a while still appears to be goalie Matt Murray. Murray, who Sullivan said has been doing some off-ice workouts recently has not yet returned to the ice according to Sullivan today. Murray appeared to hurt his groin/leg in pregame warmups of Game 1 on 4/12.