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Updated: Carter Excused From Practice; Petry Full Participant



Jeff Petry, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jeff Petry at practice.

Injured Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jeff Petry participated in practice Monday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, but forward Jeff Carter was absent.

Coach Mike Sullivan said Carter was excused for personal reasons, is fine in terms of health and will join the team for its game Tuesday at Detroit.

Petry was a full participant, and most likely will be a game-time decision Tuesday, according to Sullivan. Petry joined the team for the morning skate Saturday but did not play that night in the win against Washington. He has missed the past five games because of an upper-body injury. He took a regular spot with Brian Dumoulin during rushes.

Injured defenseman Jan Rutta had a workout in full gear with assistant Ty Hennes that wrapped up an hour before the start of practice.

Forward Nick Bonino, who is recovering from a lacerated kidney went on the ice briefly in a track suit while Rutta was on the ice but left before Rutta.

“He’s been around the team since we got back off the road trip,” Sullivan said. “I would anticipate his exercise level picking up here this week. He is improving, His health is getting better. They watch that closely. … He is starting to become more active just from a sheer exercise standpoing. He’s been riding the bike. He’s been doing some off-ice training and conditioning.”

Injured defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Marcus Pettersson apparently did not skate.

The lines and pairings:

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust

Jason Zucker-Evgeni Malkin-Mikael Grandlund

Danton Heinen-Ryan Poehling-Rickard Rakell

Drew O’Connor-Alex Nylander-Josh Archibald

P.O Joseph-Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin-Jeff Petry

Mark Friedman-Chad Ruhwedel-Taylor Fedun switching