NHL Injury Updates
- John Vogl: The injury will keep Olofsson out for five to six weeks. When Jack Eichel had sprained his ankle it was two months.
- Andrew Gross: Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t say how the injury occurred but added: “freak injury that could’ve happened to anyone” and that he was injured during their pregame warmups and not on the ice.
Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev took part in yesterday’s full practice.
Defenseman Ron Hainsey skated before practice.
Pens Inside Scoop: Sidney Crosby on practicing with the team: “I have to be able to do contact. That’s a big step. Once you’re cleared for contact, you see how things respond from there. But I’m not ready for that yet.”
- Pens Inside Scoop: Crosby continued: “Until (I’m ready to be cleared for contact), I’ll probably flip flop between doing my own stuff and skating with the injured guys and then going with the team depending on the practice.”
- Pens Inside Scoop: Crosby on if he’ll join the team on their road trip: “We’re going to figure it out over the weekend. I’ll be skating over the weekend while the team is gone. It’d be great to be around the group. But whatever’s best as far as me getting back.”
Forward Ryan Reaves is a game-time decision due to an illness.