In what is a first since he got injured, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry faced shots from teammates Monday as part of the group of players who were on the ice before the team’s morning skate at PPG Paints Arena.
Jarry has been working out before the rest of the team and has taken a select number of shots in a controlled setting from team goaltending coach Andy Chiodo previously. He appeared to face considerably more shots from his teammates Monday, in more situations.
“He’s been in a controlled environment, and that environment is progressing closer to game situation as we go,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of Jarry.
Jarry got hurt during the Jan. 2 outdoor Winter Classic, leaving that game because of a lower-body injury.
The injured skaters who were on the ice before the skate were forwards Josh Archibald and Ryan Poehling and defenseman Jeff Petry. Poehling and Petry returned for the main morning skate, both in white non-contact jerseys.
The only players missing from the skate were Archibald, Jarry and Kris Letang. Jon Gruden, recalled Sunday, was on the ice. Defenseman Marcus Pettersson, who missed the past two games because of illness, also was on the ice, and Sullivan said Pettersson is expected to be available Monday night when the Anaheim Ducks visit.
Sullivan said the addition of Poehling and Petry, even with no contact, at the skate “suggests that they’re one step closer. … We’re hoping that their return will be timely.”
The bottom six got a new look. The lines and pairings:
Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Jason Zucker-Evgeni Mallkin-Rickard Rakell
Drew O’Connor-Teddy Blueger-Jeff Carter
Brock McGinn-Jon Gruden-Kasperi Kapanen
Brian Dumoulin-Ty Smith
Marcus Pettersson-Jan Rutta
P.O Joseph-Chad Ruhwedel
Mark Friedman-Jeff Petry