Just two days ago, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma told the media winger James Neal would miss “weeks, not days” after breaking his foot Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Update: Reports coming now that Neal’s foot was originally misdiagnosed. Some are saying Neal suffered a bone bruise, rather than a broken bone.
Today, Neal told reporters he’s “good to go” for tonight’s game, and that he’s “ready to play tonight.” Neal reportedly took reps with the team’s top line – Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz – and worked with the top power play unit during today’s morning skate.
Craig Adams was another surprise participant in today’s skate. The extent of the re-aggravated injury he suffered recently in practice was unknown and assumed to be serious, but it looks like he will play tonight.
Defenseman Paul Martin is dealing with an illness and didn’t participate in today’s skate. His status for tonight is not yet known.
Kris Letang ‘s condition continues to improve. He participated in another hard workout for the second consecutive day, and a return to practice may be imminent.
Brent Johnson (2-4-2, 3.24, .885%) will get the start at home tonight against the surging Ottawa Senators. The Sens are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games, while the Penguins have lost four straight.
Sounds like a perfect opportunity to end a few streaks.
Game time is 7:08 PM on Root Sports.
Let’s Go Pens.