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(Updated) Penguins Skate: Kapanen Injured; Petry, Poehling Close

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The Pittsburgh Penguins showed one change at their morning skate Friday at PPG Paints Arena, with Danton Heinen taking Kasperi Kapanen’s place on the fourth line. Kapanen was not on the ice, and coach Mike Sullivan said afterward that Kapenen is out week-to-week because of a lower-body injury.

The Penguins canceled their scheduled practice Thursday and so held a full morning skate Friday in advance of a home game against the Ottawa Senators, a rematch of Wednesday’s road loss.

Goaltender Tristan Jarry could return from injury Friday. So could defenseman Jeff Petry, who manned the point on the top power play at the skate. He missed the past 16 games. He and forward Ryan Poehling are game-time decisions, according to Sullivan.

“It was obviously a full, premium skate,” Petry said, adding that “it’s going to be an adjustment” to return to game action.

The lines and pairings:

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust

Jason Zucker-Evgeni Malkin-Rickard Rakell

Drew O’Connor-Teddy Blueger-Jeff Carter

Brock McGinn-Jonathan Gruden-Danton Heinen

Brian Dumoulin-Ty Smith

Marcus Pettersson-Mark Friedman

P.O Joseph-Chad Ruhwedel

Injured defenseman Jan Rutta did not skate.

The pre-skate participants with assistant coach Ty Hennes for 30 minutes were defenseman Kris Letang and forward Josh Archibald. However, both also participated in the full skate, wearing white non-contact jersey. Here’s Letang in his early workout:

Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Mike
Mike
7 days ago

Putting Heinen is replacing anyone is a mistake unless they’re trying to showcase him. But that will fail because he’s invisible anyway. I’d rather dress 7 D if Kapanen sits. Or go a skater short.

Alan
Alan
7 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Why don’t they really step out and send Heinen down to wbs and bring up nylander. He can’t do any worse than an empty suit. I’m frustrated with this dance

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
7 days ago
Reply to  Alan

Totally agree

Rob
Rob
7 days ago
Reply to  Mike

He isn’t anymore invisible than Kappy!

Alan Smith
7 days ago

Lets hope playing at home is the remedy! Go Pens!

Krrr
Krrr
7 days ago

I think the handling of Heinen was at fault. He was going good and then the coaches started using him as the “part they could put anywhere”. That didn’t work. Maybe he felt he belonged, than he did not. Move over there! No play with him…etc.

Rob S.
Rob S.
7 days ago
Reply to  Krrr

He played very well for the first week of the season and that has been it. Heinen has gotten a shot to play everywhere in the lineup and hasn’t performed. Some of what you said is correct, but at some point he has to get out of his head, start shooting, and break out of his slump. Playing his game and scoring is his role that earned him a contract and a consistent spot in the lineup. It shouldn’t matter which line he is on.

Chris
Chris
7 days ago

At some point, with Heinen and Kapanen and really so many guys – you have to ask if the coaching staff is responsible for suddenly getting so little out of so many guys. Heinen scored over 20 goals in 80 some games with the Pens and then…..nothing.

Steve Malik
Steve Malik
7 days ago

I’d put Kapenen on LT injured reserve

Rob
Rob
7 days ago

Bring in Timo Meier someway. I guess with Kappy out now this is by the wayside.