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Pens Report: 10.24.16

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens practiced Monday afternoon at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Here is the scoop on what you need to know. 

*Defenseman Kris Letang (upper-body) and forward Conor Sheary (eye) both missed practice.

*Center Sidney Crosby (concussion) participated in full-contact practice.

*The Pens used the following workflow…

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Kunitz-Malkin-Rust

Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel

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PP1: Schultz, Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Hornqvist

PP2: Daley, Warsofsky, Wilson, Kunitz, Bonino

*With the Pens playing five games in an eight-day span, it was really important for the group to have adequate rest and recovery time. Which also means, there wasn't adequate time for the team to practice.

Since the season began with the home-opening, banner-raising victory against Washington, the Pens have only been able to hold full practice on two occasions, the second occasion being today. So while they've had some struggles in their play in the early part of the season and used film study to rectify the issues, the team hasn't had a chance to fully address it on the ice.

"I feel good about what we accomplished out there today," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "There were certain things we wanted to address and work at getting better at. We felt, as a coaching staff, we did that.

"We just went through a tough stretch in our schedule where we played five games in eight nights. It's very difficult to get any sort of substantive practice time so that we can actually work on things physically on the ice to get better."

*Goaltender Matt Murray took part in his first full practice with the team, though he has been a part of recent morning skates. He continues to heal his broken hand and is getting closer to being ready to at least be the team's backup for a game.

"I've felt the same as the past couple of days, still trying to test it out," Murray said. "I'm getting closer and closer every day. We'll make a decision hopefully soon."

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