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(UPDATED) Penguins Practice: Reilly Smith Excused, Carter Injured



Reilly Smith

CRANBERRY — Reilly Smith did not participate in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ workout at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex today, but he isn’t injured.

Instead, he reunited with his former Vegas teammates for a visit to the White House, where President Joe Biden honored them for winning the Stanley Cup earlier this year.

The Penguins acquired Smith from the Golden Knights shortly after Vegas’ title run, when salary-cap issues forced management there to make some personnel moves.

Smith, who has worked primarily alongside Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell on the No. 2 line, has six goals and six assists in 13 games.

Jeff Carter also was absent from the workout — coach Mike Sullivan said Carter is “dealing with an upper-body injury, so we chose to hold him off the ice today” — while injured defenseman John Ludvig was on the ice with his teammates for the first time since being hurt, wearing a white (no-contact) jersey.

Nedeljkovic works out

Injured goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic went through about an hour-long on-ice session with goalie coach Andy Chiodo before the main practice.

Nedeljkovic is on the Long-Term Injured list and cannot rejoin the lineup until at least Sunday.

At the conclusion of his workout, Nedeljkovic skated across the ice and gave a stick to a young fan who had watched part of his practice.