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One in, one out, one maybe

Here are the latest injury updates from Penguins practice on Monday

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

One in, one out, one maybe.

The Penguins will have at least one, possibly two, injured players available for Tuesday night's contest against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

Forward Dominik Simon, who left Sunday's 4-3 overtime win against Boston with a lower-body injury, will play against the Flyers. However, another Dominik - Kahun - will be out with a concussion suffered on Sunday.

Defenseman Justin Schultz (lower-body) participated in full-contact practice on Monday afternoon at UPMC Lemieux Complex, and wasn't ruled out of playing Tuesday night.

"Obviously, full contact today so hopefully I'll get (back in the lineup) as quick as I can," Schultz said. "Not ruling (Tuesday) out. So, we'll see how I feel tomorrow."

Schultz, who has missed the past 15 games with the injury, has been skating on his own for the previous few weeks. Monday was the first time he joined the whole team for practice.

"I felt good and now it's just a matter of making sure I'm ready to step back in," Schultz said. "It's still a point of the year where there's no need to rush things if you're not ready. So just making sure I'm ready and hopefully that's sooner rather than later."

Tuesday's game in Philadelphia will be the last for Pittsburgh until Jan. 31 - an 11-day break. This weekend is the All-Star break and the Penguins have their bye week at the start of next week. So, if Schultz doesn't return Tuesday, he will have another 11 days to get ready.

"Any time you can get a week off just to get away from the game, not only for me but for everyone, it's nice to refocus and obviously heal up," Schultz said. "Obviously, a lot of guys are banged up, and this week'll be great for us."

Schultz has missed 22 games this season due to various injuries, but is an important part of the Penguins' blue line.

"He's a real good player. And he's played a lot of good minutes for us," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's been banged up a fair amount this year, so when we do get him back, it's going to be a big boost for the team."

Simon left Sunday's game in the second period, but returned for the start of the third. But he only skated briefly in the third period before leaving the game permanently.

"I feel way better," Simon said. "Unfortunately, I had to leave the game. Tried to go back but wasn't feeling good. I feel much better today."

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