Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby returned to practice for the first time on Monday since sustaining a concussion just prior to the start of the regular season, notes Sam Kasan of the team’s official website. He also wasn’t wearing a non-contact jersey which is a sign that he should be nearing a return to the lineup in the near future. Crosby skated on the top line in practice along with wingers Patric Hornqvist and Scott Wilson. There remains no firm timetable for his return, but head coach Mike Sullivan wouldn’t rule out a possible return this week.
Still with the Penguins, Kris Letang (upper body) and Conor Sheary (eye) did not practice today, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (via Twitter). Both players are currently listed as day-to-day.
Other injury updates from around the league:
- With Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask still unavailable to practice, the team announced that they’ve recalled prospect Malcolm Subban on an emergency basis. On top of that, Anton Khudobin left practice early with an upper body injury, adds Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. Rask remains day-to-day while there’s no word yet on the severity of Khudobin’s injury.
- After returning to the lineup on Saturday from a groin injury, Dallas right winger Ales Hemsky is once again on the shelf with a groin injury and won’t play tomorrow, notes Mike Heika of the Dallas News. Additionally, center Jason Spezza tweaked something and is listed as questionable. Jiri Hudler (flu) is skating and is nearing a return to the lineup but is not expected to play on Tuesday night. The team announced that Hemsky has been placed on IR while center Justin Dowling has been recalled from Texas of the AHL.
- St. Louis center Jori Lehtera skated on his own today as he continues to recover from an upper body injury, reports Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link). In a follow-up tweet, Timmermann adds that right winger Dmitrij Jaskin is day-to-day with a back issue.
- Kings goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is expected to miss around a week with his groin injury, head coach Darryl Sutter told reporters including Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. Zatkoff was expected to be the backup to Jonathan Quick this season but was thrust into the starting role with Quick expected to miss the next three months. In the meantime, Los Angeles will continue to go with Peter Budaj as their starter while speculation continues that the team will eventually have to add some help via the trade route.