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Penguins Roundup: 4/14/15

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins held a long practice Tuesday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. All of the team’s healthy players took part in the hour-plus session, including recently recalled forward Scott Wilson.

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who missed the last nine regular-season games with an upper-body injury, also practiced, his first with contact, and is listed as day-to-day.

“He went through practice, we had a good, hard practice,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “He’ll be day-to-day right now.”

The Pens opened practice by working on the power play. They used four forwards and one defenseman on the top unit – Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, David Perron, Patric Hornqvist and Paul Martin.

Ehrhoff worked with Ian Cole on the second unit, along with Chris Kunitz, Steve Downie and Brandon Sutter.

Even though the top unit had only one blueliner, coach Johnston said that Wednesday the team will work with two defensemen on the top unit.

“We’re using a couple different looks,” Johnston said.

The Pens will be able to play six healthy defensemen when the playoffs start. The team recalled Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin on Sunday. If Ehrhoff is unable to play in Game 1 Thursday night, then one of those two rookies will make their NHL playoff debut.

“(Dumoulin) has a slight edge,” Johnston said. “For Chorney, if we were to put somebody with him, Dumoulin would be a natural thing because they played so much together (in Wiles-Barre/Scranton).”


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