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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 2:06 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Lineups in flux for Lightning, Canadiens

MONTREAL – The lineups for both the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning are difficult to project ahead of tonight’s game.

Neither team went through line rushes at their morning skate and both teams are considering dressing seven defensemen, but for entirely different reasons.

In the Lightning’s case, the possible return of Ryan Malone from an upper-body injury that has cost him two games and the arrival of newly-acquired defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Calgary Flames give coach Guy Boucher the option of going either way, depending on Malone’s status come game time.

The loss of former Habs prospect JT Wyman to an upper-body injury in Ottawa on Thursday is mitigated by the return of Brett Connolly from the Canadian national junior team. Minor-league call-up Pierre-Cedric Labrie, a native of Baie-Comeau, Que., will play his first NHL game.

For the Canadiens, coach Randy Cunneyworth will have captain Brian Gionta available after an 11-game absence with a groin injury. He also said he may dress seven defensemen, but that decision would be based on how successful the team was with that lineup in their 7-3 win against Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Cunneyworth did not tip his hand either way, but it would appear he will be going with seven defensemen tonight based on what some of the players said. If that’s the case, one of Mathieu Darche or Michael Blunden would have to come out, and considering Blunden has seen his role increase considerably since Cunneyworth took over behind the bench eight games ago, Darche could be the odd man out.

Cunneyworth also said defenseman Alexei Emelin, who took a puck in the face at practice Friday, is expected to play with a full cage depending on how he felt after participating fully in the morning skate.
Just about the only thing set in stone is the goaltending matchup, with Boucher electing to go with former Habs goalie Mathieu Garon to face Carey Price, who starts for the 15th time in 16 games.

Here are the very tentative lineups for tonight’s game:

CANADIENS

Michael CammalleriTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta
Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisErik Cole
Travis MoenLars EllerAndrei Kostitsyn
Michael BlundenPetteri Nokelainen
 
Josh GorgesP.K. Subban
Alexei EmelinRaphael Diaz
Tomas KaberleChris Campoli
Hal Gill

Carey Price
 
LIGHTNING

Martin St. LouisSteven StamkosSteve Downie
Dominic Moore (Ryan Malone) – Vincent LecavalierBrett Connolly
Tom PyattNate ThompsonTeddy Purcell
Pierre-Cedric Labrie - Dana Tyrell
 
Eric BrewerPavel Kubina
Brett ClarkMatt Gilroy
Marc-Andre BergeronBruno Gervais
Brendan Mikkelson (If Malone is out)

Mathieu Garon
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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 1:54 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Bylsma: Injuries not derailing Penguins

PITTSBURGH— Jordan Staal was limping only slightly as he left Consol Energy Center following the morning skate Saturday, and that might have been the best news possible for the injury-hobbled Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
While coach Dan Bylsma said it’s still too early to tell how long Staal will be out with a left knee injury, the fact that he isn’t on crutches and is walking on his own likely is a positive sign.
 
Normally, a player who sustains a serious knee injury – a torn anterior cruciate ligament – isn’t as able to maneuver as well as Staal did only 12 hours or so after being hurt. If the injury is to the medial collateral ligament, Staal’s absence could be a relatively short one.
 
However, if there is swelling involved, as there often is with such an injury, doctors may wait a day or two before ordering an MRI exam that will determine exactly what is wrong.
 
“You saw him leave the game with an apparent knee injury,” Bylsma said Saturday. “At this point in time, it’s too early to tell the significance of the injury. Maybe in the next few days we’ll have an update on what the timetable will be for that.”
 
Staal, a skilled two-way center enjoying one of the best offensive seasons of his career, appeared to be in significant pain after absorbing a knee-to-knee hit from friend and former teammate Mike Rupp late in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night. Rupp drew a kneeing penalty.
 
For a team already reeling with injuries – the Penguins are currently without superstar center Sidney Crosby and ace defenseman Kris Letang – Staal’s injury initially looked to be another major setback. It also looked to be a major setback as the Penguins scramble to maintain their Eastern Conference playoff positioning.
 
The Penguins (21-14-4), who were atop the Eastern Conference standings as late as Dec. 8, went into Saturday night’s home game against the New Jersey Devils (22-16-2) in sixth place in the conference – and only two points removed from being out of a playoff spot.
 
While forward Dustin Jeffrey appears to be close to returning after missing all but six games this season with a knee injury, the Penguins aren’t close to being healthy.
 
 Letang, who last played on Nov. 26, resumed skating only Friday and is not yet ready to practice.
 
 Crosby, the player who makes everything go in Pittsburgh, is sidelined for the second time this season with concussion-related injuries and there is no speculation when he might return. The Penguins remain hopeful he can play again this season but, since he left the lineup Dec. 5 after playing in eight games, Crosby has been restricted to light exercise.
 
Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik, Zbynek Michalek, Paul Martin, Ben Lovejoy, Richard Park and Tyler Kennedy also have missed more than a few games this season for a team that is 11-11-1 since it began the season with a 10-3-3 record.

A year ago, the Penguins preserved to put together a 106-point season even while being without Crosby (Concussion) and Staal (foot injury, broken hand) for half a season and Malkin for the final two months and the playoffs. This time, they are below .500 (5-6) since Crosby left the lineup -- a possible sign that the recurring injuries might make it difficult for them to repeat last season's success.
 
“I don’t sense the team being down or there being dips in our team because of the injuries,” Bylsma said, pointing to the effort expended as the Penguins outshot the Rangers 38-21 on Friday yet still lost. “I think we’ll keep playing games exactly like that for another 42, 43 games and we’ll take our record.”
 
While Staal missed five games earlier, he has 15 goals and 6 assists in 34 games and is on pace to top the 29 goals he had as a rookie in 2006-07. The Penguins also will miss his scoring touch against the Devils; Staal has nine career goals against them, two of them during a 4-1 win on Oct. 22.
 
“You’re talking about a guy who does a lot of different things in a lot of different areas,” offensively, defensively, penalty kill-wise especially, faceoffs, going against other teams’ top lines,” Bylsma said. “In addition to that, he has scored a nice clip of goals and (is) adding punch to our team in that regard. It’s a big part of our team right now that’s not going to be in the lineup.”
 
Pascal Dupuis, who had never played center before being temporarily shifted there from right wing earlier this season, will fill in for Staal against the Devils and perhaps the stretch of games that follow. The Penguins play another set of back-to-back games Tuesday (Ottawa) and Wednesday (at Washington) before playing at Florida on Friday and Tampa Bay on Jan. 15.
 
Park missed nine games with a broken foot, then returned Friday only to get cut under the right eye.  The injury will not keep him out against New Jersey.
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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 1:41 PM

By Neil Acharya -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Red Wings, Maple Leafs

Here are the projected lineups for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. They meet tonight at Air Canada Centre:

MAPLE LEAFS
 
Joffrey Lupul - Tim Connolly - Phil Kessel
Joey Crabb - Mikhail Grabovski -Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur - Matthew Lombardi - Nazem Kadri
Darryl Boyce - David Steckel - Mike Brown
 
Keith Aulie - Dion Phaneuf
Carl Gunnarsson - Luke Schenn
Cody Franson - Mike Komisarek
 
Jonas Gustavsson
 
RED WINGS
 
Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi
Valteri Filppula -Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler
Drew Miller - Justin Abdelkader - Danny Cleary
Gustav Nyquist - Corey Emmerton, Chris Conner
 
Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jakub Kind - Jonathan Ericsson
 
Jimmy Howard

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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 1:29 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Jets need improvement away from home

BUFFALO – Whether the Winnipeg Jets can resolve their road woes figures to go a long way toward determining just exactly where they fit in the Eastern Conference playoff mix.

The Jets will hit the halfway point of their season Saturday night when they visit the First Niagara Center to meet the Buffalo Sabres. They will do so fresh off consecutive losses in Montreal and Toronto in which they were outscored by an 11-3 margin. Those losses come right after the Jets had outlined much better road play as a key goal for the second half of the season.

“We’ve got to find a way,” captain Andrew Ladd said after a 4-0 loss Thursday night to the Leafs.

Those two losses may have taken a bit of the luster off a franchise-best month of December in which they ran off a 9-2-1 mark in 12 games at MTS Centre. The Jets’ 14 home wins are third-most in the League, tying them with the likes of Chicago, Washington and Boston.

“You’re always going to be a bit more comfortable in your own arena,” injured center Bryan Little said. “It definitely helps with the energy.”

On the road, however, the Jets just 26th in the NHL with a 5-10-4 road mark. Away from Winnipeg, the Jets have only two wins since Nov. 3 when they had just won their third consecutive game in the midst of a seven-game road trip.

“I think that it’s just a matter of trying to bring that energy and that work ethic to the road,” Little said. “It’s hard. You play in front of your own fans and you’ve got 15,000 loud fans right on your back. We’ve got to find a way to play like that on the road, too.”

With seven of their remaining 11 games in January on the road, the Jets will need to rectify their road difficulties in order to mount a serious push toward a playoff spot. Veteran goaltender Chris Mason believes that a much more concerted approach toward road hockey is needed.

“We have to sit down and look at ourselves,” Mason said.

After an optional practice on Friday afternoon at the First Niagara Center, coach Claude Noel attempted to frame the Jets’ road woes as one more obstacle that needs to be addressed in the long NHL season.

“To me, there is no panic, there is no crisis, there is no nothing,” Noel said. “You guys can determine that. This is all part of the season. If you look at it, we’ve played 40 games. You’ve got 82 that you’ve got to play. This is how the ebb and flow of the season happens.”

Rather than focus solely on the road problems, perhaps the Jets can take solace that they are still in the playoff mix even with their poor road play, to hear Noel’s perspective.

“How do we manage this?” Noel asked rhetorically. “Is it adversity? How do we deal with it? Those are the challenges, and that’s great. That’s why you have the big rewards when you do make the playoffs, and if you can win in the end, because you invest so much.”

“There is no manual,” Noel continued. “There is no right way. There is no wrong way. It is, ‘Does it work?’” That’s what our job is, and that’s what makes the job really interesting.”

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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 12:35 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Timonen a go?

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen skated out with the rest of the team for pre-game warm-ups, leading to the belief that he will be in the Philadelphia lineup when the puck drops at 1 p.m. against the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers listed Timonen's status as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The injury has been reported to be to his left hand, which was hit by a puck during the Winter Classic against the New York Rangers and then aggravated in Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Timonen was limited to just nine shifts totaling 5:32, and none in the third third period.

How important is Timonen? In the absence of Chris Pronger, Timonen is the Flyers' lone veteran defenseman. The 36-year-old plays on the top defense paring at even strength, on the power play and the penalty kill. He leads the team's blueliners with a plus-12 rating and averages nearly 22 minutes a game of ice time.

"He quietly comes in here and every day, he shows up, and works hard without a lot of fanfare," said coach Peter Laviolette. "Yet his production on the ice and his value in the locker room as somebody who has been around and a leader on this team, it's hard to express how much he means to the team."


He also hasn't missed a regular-season game since the 2007-08 season, and it looks like his streak of 223 consecutive-games played will click up one more in about a half-hour.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 12:16 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

No Luongo for Canucks, but Thomas starts for Bruins

BOSTON – While one of the starting goaltenders from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final won’t be in net today at TD Garden, the one who prevailed in the epic seven-game series will get the start.
               
Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed this morning he will give Tim Thomas, last year’s Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the nod. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced Friday that New England native Cory Schneider would start instead of No. 1 goaltender Roberto Luongo.
               
Brad Marchand, who missed a win Thursday night against Calgary with the flu, is classified as a game-time decision by Boston.
               
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Mason Raymond
Andrew Ebbett - Cody Hodgson - Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Sami Salo
Andrew Alberts - Keith Ballard

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo
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Posted On Friday, 01.06.2012 / 4:52 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Habs' captain Gionta appears set to return

Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta looks ready to return to the lineup for Saturday's home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Gionta has missed the past 11 games with a groin injury, one of a few key Canadiens components currently on the shelf.

The Canadiens went 4-7-0 and replaced head coach Jacques Martin with Randy Cunneyworth on an interim basis in Gionta's absence.

"You never want to miss time," Gionta told reporters after practice Friday. "Obviously it was a little worse than what we thought at first, but it was something we needed to take care of. There's still half a season left, so hopefully there's time for us to come back."

While Gionta's return was not 100 percent confirmed, the club sent forward Louis Leblanc back down to the minors following Wednesday night's game, which is a good indication that Gionta should be back.

Gionta was skating on the right side of a line with Michael Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec at practice, while the big line of the moment consisting of Lars Eller between Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn remained intact.

Eller had 4 goals and an assist, Moen had 3 assists and Kostitsyn had 2 assists in Wednesday's big 7-3 home win over the Winnipeg Jets.

But Gionta warned that his teammates should not allow that game to veer them off the course of their long-term goal.

"We've talked about it all year, it's the consistency," he said. "We played a great game, we did the things we needed to do to be successful. But we need to do that night in and night out."

The win was just Montreal's second in nine games, and Saturday night the Canadiens will be looking to string two or more wins together for just the fourth time all season.

While Gionta prepares to make a return, defenseman Alexei Emelin had a scare at practice when he took a Yannick Weber wrist shot off the left cheek. He left the practice spitting blood, but Cunneyworth said the puck hit the "fleshy" part of the cheek and the hard-hitting defenseman should be alright for Saturday's game.

Emelin had to have a plate inserted in his left cheek after losing a fight in 2009 against former NHLer Alexander Svitov while playing in the KHL.

Cunneyworth also said that injured center Scott Gomez should be the next player to come off the injured list, though he has yet to practice with his teammates. Ryan White and Andrei Markov have not played a game this season. White's return remains unknown, while Markov will be out until at least the All-Star break at the end of the month.

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Posted On Friday, 01.06.2012 / 3:29 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Boudreau hopes for offense from all-Finland line

ANAHEIM, Calif.-- They have played on Finland’s national team but Niklas Hagman, Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne have never been on the same line.

Well, technically, it might have happened for a brief moment.

“It must have been a line change or something,” Hagman said.

That will change when the Anaheim Ducks play host to the New York Islanders on Friday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau indicated that he’ll start with the Finnish line, with an emphasis on “start.”

“The (whole) game? I don’t know,” Boudreau said. “The first period? Yeah. You just have to see how the first period goes, and hopefully it will go well.”

Boudreau has been a mad scientist with his lines while trying to coax some offense out of the Ducks, and this is the latest wrinkle. It also has to do with Jason Blake returning to the lineup recently because Boudreau mentioned he asked too much of Blake in his first game back Wednesday.

Hagman, who has played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the first line and also on the third line, was looking forward to the possibilities with his countrymen.

“Obviously its two great players,” Hagman said. “Who wouldn’t be excited? We have a lot of great players on our team so it doesn’t matter who they play with. But I’m from Finland and they’re from Finland, so it makes it a little different.”

Hiller likely in: Jonas Hiller did not participate in what was a very optional morning skate for Anaheim.

Boudreau said “I suppose - maybe” when asked if Hiller would be in net and joked that there’s a “59.3 percent” chance Hiller would make his 18th start in the past 20 games.

Evgeni Nabokov will start for the Islanders. He has historically fared well against the Ducks with a 9-3 record, 1.76 goals-against average and two shutouts in his last 12 matchups against Anaheim when he was in San Jose.

Gordon stays up: Andrew Gordon and Matt Smaby cleared waivers Friday morning and Boudreau said Gordon will be in the lineup.

Gordon wasn’t necessarily surprised by the move given their struggles and the fact that the Ducks have one extra forward on their active roster. Gordon has two goals and five points with a minus-10 rating in 36 games.

“The way I tend to approach it is do what I’m told,” Gordon said. “You’re a soldier in this game. You do what you’re told. You come to work when you’re told to come to work.

“No one’s happy about going on waivers. No one’s happy about the prospect of being shipped out of here. We all want to be here. We all want to win.”

Islanders trending upward: Islanders coach Jack Capuano said there won’t be any changes in his lineup, and there’s no argument for it with the Islanders going for their first four-game winning streak since Feb.10-15, 2011.

“(Four wins in a row) would be a big confidence (boost),” Michael Grabner said. “We’re just working our way up to .500. Every game counts for us.”

Capuano liked the resiliency his team showed in their last game against Carolina.

“Even when they scored late, we knew we still had a chance and that’s what we like about our team right now,” he said. “Whatever adversity that we face, we have to bounce back. And you’re going to face adversity during the course of a game, especially against these guys tonight. They got a line that’s going to play 18-20 minutes tonight. It could be one of the best lines in hockey. We’re going to have our troubles with them.”

Disneyland excursion: Grabner and about half a dozen teammates went to Disneyland on Thursday. It was Grabner’s first visit there and he said it was too short.

“The lines were long,” he said. “We were only on Space Mountain, Indiana Jones (Adventure) and Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Brian Rolston - Frans Nielsen - P.A. Parenteau
Michael GrabnerJosh Bailey - Matt Martin
Tim Wallace - Marty Reasoner - Nino Niederreiter

Mark Streit - Steve Staios
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Mark Eaton - Milan Jurcina

Evgeni Nabokov
Anders Nilsson

DUCKS

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - Rod Pelley - Andrew Gordon

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Dan Ellis
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Posted On Friday, 01.06.2012 / 3:25 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Avs need more from Stastny with Duchene out

CHICAGO -- The initial response to Matt Duchene's knee injury has been good for the Colorado Avalanche, who head into Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks on a roll.

The Avs are on a three-game winning streak and have an 8-1 record in their previous nine games. They've also won two in a row since Duchene went down with a knee injury early in a game on Dec. 29 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Duchene, who had been playing left wing on the top line, is expected to be out at least a month while recovering -- which means the Avs need that top line to produce while he's out.

"Every team faces injuries and it's how you respond and how your team responds to those injuries," Avs coach Joe Sacco said on Friday morning at the United Center. "You hope you have those guys who can step up in the meantime and be able to fill those roles."

For Colorado, those guys initially are T.J. Galiardi -- playing left wing next to Paul Stastny in Duchene's absence -- and David Jones, who was bumped from the third line to right wing on the top line for Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET).

Sacco likes what he's seen from Galiardi getting extended minutes in Duchene’s place and is eager to see what the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jones -- who recently returned from an eight-game absence because of a groin injury -- can do around the net.

"For Jonesy, it's about winning 1-on-1 battles, getting to the front of the net, being physical on the forecheck and making sure he’s hard to play against," Sacco said. "When he does that, the offense can take care of itself. I'm hoping with a little more ice time on that (first) line and being able to generate some more offense, he could pop in some goals here or there for us around the front of the net."

Sacco also hopes that Jones and Galiardi can help the 26-year old Stastny -- the highest-paid Avalanche player -- get hot offensively. Stastny's been OK in the defensive zone, despite a minus-7 rating, but his 11 goals and 10 assists in 38 games are below what Sacco was expecting.

The Avs are back in playoff contention in the Western Conference with their recent hot spell, but will need Stastny and his new linemates to help second-liners like veteran Milan Hejduk and rookie Gabriel Landeskog carry the load with Duchene out.

"Offensively, he knows that we'd like to see some more production from him, and we know as a team that we need some more production from him offensively," Sacco said of Stastny. "We've been defending a lot better as a team and he's a big part of that. He does play 200 feet, but like I said, he knows we need some more offense from him and his line. We need some more from those guys."
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Posted On Friday, 01.06.2012 / 3:00 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Letang skates for first time since late November

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang skated Friday for the first time since sustaining a concussion and breaking his nose Nov. 26 in Montreal.
 
Coach Dan Bylsma called it a sign of progress for Letang, but it is uncertain when Letang will return to practice -- the next step he must take before he can return to game action.
 
Letang was injured while absorbing a hard hit from the Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, who subsequently drew a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head. Letang was checked over by a doctor and was allowed to return to play, and he scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
 
After initially passing a concussion test, Letang was diagnosed with a concussion and he has not played since. Like teammate Sidney Crosby, who last played on Dec. 5, Letang has been limited to light conditioning work off the ice.
 
"He is doing pretty well right now," Bylsma said. "He's had light exercises and is on the road to rehab and recovery. In terms of concussions and treating them, everyone is different. Players' symptoms are different. We've treated each player with uniqueness. Kris has had some good days."
 
Before he was hurt, Letang was off to a strong start with 3 goals and 16 assists in 22 games. His ability to generate offense despite not being on the power-play unit with Crosby was a contrast to last season when, after an equally effective start, Letang's scoring dropped off significantly after Crosby sustained a concussion at midseason.
 
Crosby, who has been limited to eight games in the last year, still has not resumed skating. The Penguins haven't updated his condition since 10 days ago, when Bylsma confirmed he was having concussion-related symptoms.
 
Crosby missed the second half of last season and the first 20 games of this season before returning with a two-goal, two-assist performance against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21. Crosby had 2 goals and 10 assists while playing in eight consecutive games, but the concussion symptoms returned following a 3-1 loss to Boston on Dec. 5. Crosby has not been on the ice since then.
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