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Pens' health a question

by Adam Kimelman
The Pittsburgh Penguins had their full complement of players on the ice for Wednesday morning's practice, but whether that same group is in the lineup for Game 1 Wednesday night is a question.

Evgeni Malkin looked OK on his sore foot, and the cut on his leg didn't look to change Brooks Orpik's game at all.

The questions surround Chris Kunitz and his shoulder injury, and Matt Cooke, who suffered a concussion April 10 against Atlanta. Wednesday was Cooke's second straight day on the ice, and while he said he wasn't feeling any post-concussion symptoms -- headaches, nausea, blurred vision -- it didn't make his return to the lineup any more certain.

"We'll know more this afternoon," Cooke said. "Just make sure I stay symptom-free and go from there. … We did some tests yesterday and everything came back really normal. We'll just monitor it today and we'll have to monitor it going forward."

Coach Dan Bylsma said Kunitz needs to be his usual physical presence on the forecheck to play Wednesday. He missed the last four games of the regular season.

"Chris has to be able to play his game," said Bylsma. "That does weigh into the factor of whether he'll be able to play tonight."
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