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Health is on the way

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Penguins

Four injured players joined their teammates for Pittsburgh's practice on Monday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex: Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin, Alex Galchenyuk and Adam Johnson. 

Malkin (lower-body injury): Skated with a red "no-contact" jersey. He is hoping to return to the lineup Saturday when the Penguins host the Edmonton Oilers. Malkin participated in the occasional line rush and worked with the second power-play unit. 

Dumoulin (lower-body): Full contact and full participant. Dumoulin is a game-time decision for Tuesday when the Penguins host Philadelphia. 

Galchenyuk (lower-body): Full contact and full participant. Galchenyuk is a game-time decision for Tuesday.

Adam Johnson (upper-body): Full contact and full participant. A. Johnson is a game-time decision for Tuesday.

"I thought they all really looked good," head coach Mike Sullivan said.

With all four players on the ice, it marked the first time Pittsburgh had all of its players taking part in a practice in some capacity (Zach Trotman, sports hernia, is in Wilkes-Barre on a conditioning assignment). The Penguins have already suffered 59 man-games lost through the first month and saw the return of forwards Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad last Saturday in a 3-0 win against Dallas.

Video: The players speak after practice 

Malkin was injured in Pittsburgh's second game of the season on Oct. 5 after he collided with teammate Kris Letang in the neutral zone, stumbled into the boards and was then checked low by Columbus' Vladislav Gavrikov. 

Malkin skated all last week with Ty Hennes, the team's skills development coach. He is aiming for a return on Saturday. 

"I feel OK. I'll get back as soon as possible," Malkin said. "It's hard mentally. I'm trying to stay positive and focused, do my best and work hard."

Dumoulin had a surprising injury prior to the Penguins' home contest against Vegas on Oct. 19. Dumoulin, who had played the previous evening against Dallas, took the team's warmups prior to the Vegas contest but wasn't able to play. 

"I was trying to play through something," Dumoulin said. "I got in warmups and I just couldn't do it." 

Monday was Dumoulin's third consecutive day of skating, and first full practice with the team. 

"It was good to get a full practice in with a lot of guys out there," he said. "It was fun practicing and being with the team again.

"I want to play as soon as possible. It's awful missing games. It's tough to watch them. We have some important games coming up, so it's important to get back for those." 

Monday's skate was the second full practice for Galchenyuk with the team. He flew to Dallas last weekend and participated in the club's Friday practice and took Saturday's morning skate. 

Galchenyuk worked on a line with Nick Bjugstad and Patric Hornqvist, an indication that he is very close to returning. 

A. Johnson
Adam Johnson suffered an upper-body injury in Pittsburgh's contest in Florida last Tuesday. He missed the past two games for the club. He worked on a "fifth" line at practice. 

Practice workflow…
Guentzel - Crosby - Simon
Galchenyuk - Bjugstad - Hornqvist
Kahun - McCann - Rust
Aston-Reese - Blueger - Tanev
A.Johnson - Blandisi - Lafferty 
(Malkin worked in for Blueger and Blandisi occasionally)


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