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Malkin, Bonino Skating on Their Own

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino are skating on their own as they continue to progress from their respective injuries.

Malkin, who has missed the past six games with an lower-body injury, has skated for two days, including Wednesday morning.

“Both (of Malkin’s skating sessions) went very well. So he’s making progress,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “The next step would be for him to join the team, but we haven’t made that decision yet.”

Malkin is closer to being day-to-day in his progression instead of week-to-week, per Sullivan.

Bonino, who has been out for the Pens’ last 13 games with a hand injury, has progressed to handling the puck.

“That step of having him skate and handle the puck makes his timeframe closer to joining the team,” Sullivan said.

Meanwhile, defenseman David Warsofsky (concussion) continues to skate with the team. On Wednesday he took part in his first day of full contact.

“That was an improvement,” Warsofsky said. “We’ll see the next couple of days how it goes.”

Warsofsky has been symptom free and hopes to return to the lineup soon. He suffered the concussion after colliding with referee Tim Peel in a freak on-ice accident on Jan 17. Peel lost an edge and Warsofsky, blind to the circumstance while skating backwards, hit the ref.

It was poor timing for Warsofsky. He was a healthy scratch for eight games before being inserted into the lineup. Then he suffered the injury and has missed the past 11 with the injury.

“Any injury isn’t ideal, but especially for a guy like me that’s in and out of the lineup, then you do get your chance and it’s unfortunate about the timing,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do about it now. I just have to look past it and try to get in the lineup again.”

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