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Penguins Roundup: 11/17/14

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins



Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis missed practice on Monday and will not play on Tuesday in Montreal.

“He went to see the doctor this morning and he won’t be making the trip into Montreal,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “So we’ll get an update on where he’s at over the next 24-48 hours, sometime in there.”

Dupuis played the entirety of the Penguins’ last game on Saturday against the Rangers at CONSOL Energy Center, a 3-2 shootout win. He had skated in all 16 of Pittsburgh's games up to this point, recording six goals and 11 points.

Blake Comeau slotted into Dupuis’ spot on the right wing alongside Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby during line rushes on Monday. The lines and D-pairs looked like this...

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MAATTA GAME-TIME
Johnston said after practice that defenseman Olli Maatta will be a game-time decision on Tuesday in Montreal. He returned to practice last Thursday (Nov. 13), just 10 days after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland.

Ever since Maatta rejoined the team they have taking it day-by-day, seeing how he feels after practices and morning skates, and will continue to do that until he’s ready to return to game action.

“I’m feeling good, I am,” Maatta said. “But we’ve got to (wait and) see until after tomorrow morning’s skate, how I’m feeling after that. And then make some decisions after.

“Mentally for sure, I want to get out there. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve played, so yeah, I’m hungry there. But I’ve got to still take it easy, not rush it. But we’ll see tomorrow.”

Maatta said conditioning-wise, he “felt good” out on the ice this morning after having the day off on Sunday, which he said was beneficial after a tough few practices.

“I told Olli going into practice, there’s going to be some battle drills and be some good contact out there,” Johnston said, who had yet to check in with Maatta when he addressed the media after Monday's skate. “Let’s see where you are after practice and then come and talk to me. It will probably still be a game-time decision tomorrow, but he may come and say I don’t think I’m really ready yet. I’m not sharp enough. But that’s what I want to hear from him. I want to hear that he’s sharp, he’s feeling good. I heard he did, but I’ll have to talk to him.”


LETANG OKAY
Finally, Johnston said that defenseman Kris Letang was “fine” after leaving practice during one of the drills.

“He got nicked with a stick up around the eye area and got clipped,” Johnston said. “He got maybe one or two stitches, so he’s fine. No problem there.”

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