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It's A Great Day for Hockey - May 21

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
It's a Great Day for Playoff Hockey will be tracking the Penguins' Stanley Cup quest with constant updates throughout the postseason.

12:25 PM:
Here is an update from 'Canes coach Paul Maurice on the status of Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu. Cole skated in the morning skate while Ruutu did not.

"Erik looked like he does in most morning skates and we'll see how he feels when he comes to the rink tonight," Maurice said.

When a reporter inquired further on Ruutu, Maurice joked:

"He wasn't quite as noticable in the morning skate."

But later, Maurice confirmed that Ruutu will also be a game-time decision.

11:55 AM:
A quick update from the Hurricanes morning skate regarding their two injured players, Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu. Neither player has practiced since suffering setbacks in Game 1 on Monday. Cole joined his teammates on the ice for the morning session and went through all the drills. Ruutu, however, was not on the ice. We will await the official word from head coach Paul Maurice on their latest status. Currently they are listed as day-to-day and Maurice has maintained yesterday that they will be game-time decisions.

11:46 AM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma said this on his lineup tonight:
"We make the decisions that we think are the best and give us the best chance to win given the circumstances we are in. The last few games it's been seven defensemen. Philippe Boucher was a guy that was inserted into the lineup and had a goal and an assist in just under nine minutes of ice time. We dress the seven for specific reasons. Things haven't changed dramatically since then but we'll go game time with what our lineup will be."

10:57 AM:
Sykora appears to be OK. After the trainers looked at him, Sykora returned to the ice to finish practice. He went at full strength and looked fine.

10:50 AM:
One item of note is that forward Petr Sykora appeared to hurt himself during the drills. I didn't see what happened to him but he skated to the bench in pain and is being looked at by the trainers.

10:48 AM:
The Penguins are holding their game-time morning skate at Mellon Arena. The team is running through its typical drills in preparation for tonight's Game 2 showdown with the Hurricanes. There don't appear to be any major changes. The forward line combinations remain the same and they used their normal eight-man rotation on defense. We'll have to wait until game-time to find out how the lineup will shake out.

Author: Sam Kasan

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