Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injury Keeps Brassard off the Ice

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injury Keeps Brassard off the Ice

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Derick Brassard, who missed his fourth consecutive game Saturday, has yet to resume skating after leaving the Oct. 25 win in Calgary with a lower-body injury that coach Mike Sullivan later said had been nagging the forward for a while.

"He's still working off the ice," Sullivan said Saturday, hours before the Penguins played host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena. "But he is making progress."

Sullivan initially said that Brassard would be "day-to-day" with the injury -and as of Saturday morning that remained the "status quo," he said. But it now has been a week and a half since Brassard was on the ice with his Penguins teammates.

Brassard did stroll in to the bench area Saturday to watch part of the morning skate.

In that morning skate, the Penguins unveiled yet another new look -at least for this season -when Riley Sheahan was back at center between Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust. Matt Cullen centered another line with Derek Grant and Daniel Sprong.

"We shuffled the bottom six to try to get people going," Sullivan explained.

Sullivan said the Penguins still are trying to find combinations in those bottom two lines "that we can settle into that we think gives us the balance that we want."

"We're trying to find some balance within the group," Sullivan added. "We think it's important that we keep four lines going. We're playing every other night here for quite a while and we want to make sure we spread the burden of responsibility."

Sheahan is happy to be back at center after mostly playing wing recently.

"I've played center my whole career, so I think that's the spot I'd rather be playing," he said. "I'm OK playing the wing, but I think [center] is the spot I'm comfortable in. So to be between those two guys, I think it fits pretty well and I'm looking forward to it."

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