The Pittsburgh Penguins recently confirmed the worst. Forward James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion that he suffered after being hit in the head with an elbow from New York Rangers forward Michael Del Zotto.
Neal will not be traveling with the team on their upcoming three-game road trip. There have been no further details regarding his status released.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been skating on his own prior to team skates and practices; however, today was the first time since suffering from a lower body injury that he practiced with the rest of the team at Southpointe. It has yet to be determined as to when Letang will return to the lineup although it looks like Tuesday isn’t completely ruled out. From the Penguins official webpage:
“I’m feeling good” Letang said. “It’s exciting to be back and practicing with the boys.”
“I don’t know, it’ll be up to the coach,” he said. “There’s no rush to get back, but at the same time it’s a short season. I want to start playing, being healthy and ready to go for the playoffs.
“We’ll see how I feel (Tuesday) and go from there.”
Pittsburgh captain, Sidney Crosby, also addressed the media today for the first time since undergoing surgery for a broken jaw last week. He really didn’t report anything new but did say that his playing weight is down due to being unable to consume solid foods. There is still no timetable for his return. Also from the Penguins official webpage:
“Having gone a week or so it’s gotten better and I feel better than after the first couple of days,” said Crosby, who has missed the team’s last three games. “I’m going to see the doctor all this week. Whenever he feels comfortable and feels like I can go out and skate, that’s something I’ll wait to hear from him.”