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Penguins Sunday Practice Roundup

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provided status updates on several players.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Coming off of the Penguins 6-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night, the team appears to be one step closer to getting a key offensive piece back in the lineup.

Having missed nearly 20 games with a lower body injury suffered against the Washington Capitals last month, Jason Zucker skated in a regular jersey.

He then look line rushes on the second line in practice with Jared McCann and Evan Rodrigues and also saw time on the second power play unit in practice.

After practice, Mike Sullivan said Zucker’s status hasn’t changed yet, but said he appears to be “a whole lot closer to returning to the lineup.”

Zucker’s return would come at a much-needed time on the injury front, and a little bit earlier than initially expected.

Sullivan also discussed the status of Teddy Blueger and Brandon Tanev, saying they their status isn’t changed but they both skated Sunday morning and that Evgeni Malkin has yet to begin skating.

Lastly, Sullivan added that Mark Jankowski and Brandon Tanev are expected to come off of the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list this evening.