Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Time Frame for Injured Unchanged

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Time Frame for Injured Unchanged

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Coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday had some minor updates on a couple of Penguins who are out with long-term injuries.

Defenseman Rob Scuderi had surgery for a broken left ankle Oct. 30.

"He's just rehabbing at a moderate rate right now," Bylsma said. "Hopefully, in the next seven days or so, he'll move to a little more rehab."

Bylsma said Scuderi's original recovery time frame of six to eight weeks has not changed to this point. That would have him on pace to return to the lineup the second half of December.

Forward Chuck Kobasew, who has a left foot or ankle injury, "has skated now three times on his own and is so far doing well," Bylsma said. "In the next few days he will hopefully progress to getting back on the ice with the team."

Scuderi has missed 12 games, Kobasew 11.

Bylsma had no update on when goaltender Tomas Vokoun might be allowed to discontinue taking blood-thinners, his treatment after September surgery to dissolve a blood clot.

"I know he's seen some doctors, but nothing really other than the [original] three-month" time frame, Bylsma said.

Sparse attendance

Coming off of a strong game in a 4-0 win Wednesday at Washington, the Penguins held an optional practice at Southpointe.

How optional? There were as many coaches as players.

Those who skated were forwards Zach Sill, Brian Gibbons and Matt D'Agostini, defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Gibbons is the only one of that group who played Wednesday.

They were on the ice with Bylsma and coaches Tony Granato, Todd Reirden, Mike Bales and Mike Kadar.

Injured Islanders

Against the New York Islanders, who visit Consol Energy Center tonight, the Penguins might not have to face goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov has good career numbers against the Penguins -- 11-6 with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage -- but he has been out since a groin injury Saturday. …

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