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Pens Report: 10.28.16

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pens practiced on Friday on UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex before boarding their flight to Philadelphia to start a lengthy road trip.

Defenseman Kris Letang, who has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury, was missing from the skate. Head coach Mike Sullivan said it was a planned absence.

"He had a doctor's appointment today before we go on the road trip," Sullivan said. "He's just going to meet us in Philly."

Sullivan said they are hopeful that Letang will return to game action at some point during the trip, which begins in Philadelphia Saturday and stops in Anaheim Wednesday and Los Angeles Thursday before concluding in San Jose on Saturday. 

"He's getting closer for sure," Sullivan said. "Obviously he's a big part of our team and we're a better team when he's a part of our lineup."

Sullivan also confirmed that Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net against the Flyers on Saturday.

Winger Carl Hagelin, who left the Pens' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena after being boarded from behind, was at practice sporting a shiner over his left eye.

He said following practice that at the moment, he wasn't thinking about whether it would be a long or short-term injury.

"You never try to think like that. You just hope you're okay," he said. "Obviously everything went well, just a couple stitches and I'm ready to go."

The Pens' lines and D-pairs stayed status quo…

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