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(UPDATED) Penguins Practice: Jarry ‘Possibility’; Friedman Hurt



EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Tristan Jarry was a full participant in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 40-minute workout at the Los Angeles Kings’ practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center, Monday, and his return to the lineup might be imminent.

Mike Sullivan said after the practice that “I think there’s a possibility” Jarry will be available to play when the Penguins visit San Jose Tuesday at 10:38 p.m. Eastern to close out the California leg of their road trip.

“Obviously, when he gets in more of the game-real practices, like he did today, it just prepares him that much more,” Sullivan said. “We’ll see how he responds and we’ll make decisions accordingly.”

He added that Jarry still is listed as “day-to-day.”

Jarry had one net to himself to himself during the practice, while Casey DeSmith and Dustin Tokarski shared the other.

At the Penguins’ previous practice, Thursday in Anaheim, DeSmith had one net, and Jarry split time in the other with Tokarski. DeSmith then started the following night against the Ducks.

Jarry also took part in special-teams drills, in which he was not involved during the workout in Anaheim.

Jarry has not dressed for the past six games or 13 of the past 15 because of injuries, but Sullivan said he is not concerned about Jarry’s durability.

“I think he’s perfectly capable being durable,” he said. “I think he’s had some unfortunate breaks in this first part of the season, but his history with the Penguins, he’s been very durable. I don’t have any doubt that when he gets over the hump here, he’ll be fine.”

Friedman injured

Feisty defenseman Mark Friedman did not take part in the workout and, per Sullivan, is being evaluated for an unspecified “upper-body injury.”

“Right now, he’s out,” Sullivan said. “I don’t have anything further to add.”

He did say, though, that he “would not expect” Friedman to be available for the Sharks game.

Friedman, who played in each of the past two games, has one goal and 11 penalty minutes in 11 NHL games this season.

Mixed reviews for Rutta

Defenseman Jan Rutta, who has missed the past 10 games because of an unspecified upper-body injury, took part in the practice, but skated on a makeshift fourth pairing with forward Drew O’Connor.

Sullivan said Rutta “is getting closer” to rejoining the lineup, but that “we’re trying to make sure that we get him in enough game-real environments to set him up for success when he does come back.”

Rutta, a defensive defenseman, was signed as a free agent from Tampa Bay last summer.

He has three goals, five assists and 22 penalty minutes in 42 games this season.

“He’s had some real good games for us,” Sullivan said. “He’s had some not-so-good games for us. There’s been a little bit of volatility in his game, but for the most part, he’s been everything we expected to get.”

Personnel combinations

Sullivan deployed the following forward combinations and defense pairings during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice:









Power play No. 1: Crosby, Letang, Malkin, Guentzel, Rakell.

Power play No. 2: Petry, Zucker, Carter, Rust, Kapanen.