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Penguins Roundup: 2/26/15

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Defenseman Rob Scuderi was absent from Penguins’ practice on Thursday afternoon at Southpointe.

Scuderi was hit by a shot in the first period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win in Washington. He played through it, but was hobbled during the second period. Partway through the period the Pens pulled him off the ice.

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“He’s going to be fine, it’s just a matter of keeping him off the ice for two days,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “We have a day off tomorrow so he’ll take two days to rest it and hopefully on Saturday it will be fine.”

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also did not practice. He was given a day off due to his heavy workload lately.

“He had the All-Star weekend and having that we said to him that when we got an opportunity we’d give him an extra day off here and there,” Johnston said. “This is one of them. It gives him back-to-back days off and a chance to rest.”

Pens manager of team operations Jim Britt filled in for Fleury between the pipes.

New acquisition Daniel Winnik was also missing from the team’s practice, though that is due to a visa issue. However, the team anticipates that being resolved soon and that he will skate with the team at Saturday’s practice.

“He’s a big guy that will add some size to our lineup,” Johnston said. “He’s a very good penalty killer. That’ll help our depth on the penalty kill. His experience, he’s a guy that can play anywhere in your lineup. He can play up, middle portion. I’m looking forward to getting him here, meeting him and getting him ready for our team.”

Lost in the mix of the Pens’ 4-3 win in Washington last night was the return of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

Ehrhoff, who missed the past 12 games with symptoms, finished with 18:34 minutes of ice time and a plus-1.

“Christian was really good last night,” Johnston said. “I thought he managed the puck well, both he and Derrick (Pouliot) looked good together as a pair, which is encouraging.”

Ehrhoff returned in the Verizon Center, the same building where the injury occurred when he fell to the ice and hit his head on Jan. 28.

“Coming back into the game where he left four weeks ago was good,” Johnston said. “It was good to see that he was ready to jump in right away into a big, physical game.”

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