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Morning Skate Update: 1/20

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis hoped to see game action before the upcoming All-Star break. However, he will miss his seventh consecutive game when the Penguins take on the Carolina Hurricanes at Mellon Arena Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

“No, I won’t be playing (Tuesday),” Dupuis said. “We have eight days between tonight and the next game after the All-Star break. I think it’s the smart way to go to wait until that game.”

“He only had one practice,” head coach Michel Therrien said of Dupuis. “I liked the way the players from Wilkes-Barre contribute to our team. I like the way that they play. I want to make sure that they start to feel comfortable. The way that we’re playing, there’s no need to rush any players.

“I want to make sure that (injured players) get good practice. When we feel that they’re going to be 100 percent, we’ll put them out there. Until then, we’re going to wait.”

The line combinations for Tuesday’s game will be: Matt Cooke-Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin; Miroslav Satan-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy; Chris Minard-Dustin Jeffrey-Petr Sykora; Paul Bissonnette- Bill Thomas-Eric Godard.

The defensive pairings are Rob Scuderi-Ryan Whitney; Mark Eaton-Kris Letang; Hal Gill-Philippe Boucher; with Alex Goligoski taking the odd shift.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will make his 10th consecutive appearance in goal for the Penguins and his ninth start in that stretch.

Maxime Talbot and Sergei Gonchar participated in Tuesday afternoon’s morning skate with the team. Defenseman Brooks Orpik was absent and is still listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Orpik was injured in Pittsburgh’s game against Anaheim and will miss his second straight contest.
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