? Forward Mike Comrie returned for the Penguins on Friday night against the
New York Islanders, opening at center on a line with left wing Eric
Tangradi and right wing Evgeni Malkin. He was a healthy scratch
Wednesday night in a home loss to Toronto after failing to register
a shot in a win Monday at New Jersey. “He’s been good defensively,
but puck battles haven’t been very strong for him,” coach Dan
Bylsma said. “In the offensive zone, he has maybe tried some plays
quickly versus holding onto the puck and using his linemates. He
can be better in those areas.”
? Center Jordan Staal (right foot) and right wing Arron Asham
(left shoulder) skated before the Penguins’ morning practice. They
donned full gear and were on the ice for about 45 minutes with
strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Staal appeared to
slightly favor the right foot. Neither player engaged in any action
that would closely approximate game conditions.
? Defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) missed a third consecutive
game. He did not practice in the morning, though he did skate
lightly before teammates took the ice. Orpik has played in only two
games since the midpoint of training camp.
? Right wing Craig Adams was a healthy scratch for the Penguins, who dressed right wing
Eric Godard for the second consecutive game. Defenseman Zbynek
Michalek (right shoulder) missed a second straight game. The
Islanders were without defenseman James Wisniewski (suspension) and
center John Tavares (concussion), and defenseman Bruno Gervais was
a healthy scratch.
? Defenseman Mark Eaton played against the Penguins for the first time as an
Islander. He spent the previous four seasons with them before
signing a two-year deal with New York in July. This Islanders club
is not unlike the Penguins squad he joined in 2006 ?
young and talented forwards, an unproven No. 1 overall pick
goaltender, and without expectations to crack the playoffs in his
first season. “A lot of similarities,” he said. “Hopefully the
process goes the same way.”