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Injured Players Could Return for Pittsburgh Penguins’ Next Game

Injury-wise, the Pittsburgh Penguins have played about two weeks of healthy hockey in the last two years. While that won’t happen again until stars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang return from concussions, the team could return to nearly full strength by Friday night’s game with the New York Rangers.

Defenseman Paul Martin practiced today for the first time since he was injured in mid-December, saying he “felt good” and adding that “We have a couple more days of [rest], which is good, before the next game. … Our goal is definitely [to play] Friday.”

The Penguins returned Simon Depsres to the AHL earlier in the week to make room for Martin’s return.

Forwards Pascal Dupuis and Arron Asham still aren’t practicing, but are considered “day-to-day” and neither has been ruled out for Friday.

In addition, forward Dustin Jeffrey (knee) and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (concussion) are skating in full gear, and could return to practice some time this week.

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