PITTSBURGH -- Three injured players participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sunday morning skate, but did not technically rejoin practice.
Forwards Evgeni Malkin, Joe Vitale and Chris Conner skated with the Penguins in an optional skate before their game against the Ottawa Senators. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said they chose to take the option to skate, but should not be considered to have rejoined Pittsburgh at practice.
Malkin, Vitale and Conner will not play in Pittsburgh's regular-season finale and Bylsma could not confirm if they would be healthy to play in Game 1 of the Penguins' first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"I don't have an expectation, nor do I have a definitive answer on what players will be available for Game 1," Bylsma said.
Bylsma also did not provide updates on forward Chris Kunitz and defenseman Brooks Orpik, who did not play Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers with undisclosed injuries that have them listed as day to day. Orpik chose to skate Sunday and Kunitz was absent.
Orpik said the Penguins must treat their game against Ottawa as they would any other game, or risk consequences.
"You play it safe, then you let your guard down and you're probably more susceptible to getting injured or getting embarrassed," Orpik said. "We're playing against a pretty good hockey team that probably didn't have things go the way they wanted them to this year, but there's a lot of talent over there and a lot of pride there.
"Knowing the guys there, I'm sure they're not just going to pack it in."
Here are the expected lineups for the Penguins and Senators:
Scratched: Matt Kassian
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