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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have played just two games this season, and already are in the midst of a four-day break.

Which is pretty much like an NFL team being informed at halftime of its opener that its off week has begun.

Winger Nils Ekman didn't have strong feelings about getting so much time off in early October when he reported to practice at Mellon Arena yesterday, but that changed a few hours later.

Ekman had to leave the Penguins' workout after getting a slight hamstring pull in a collision with defenseman Sergei Gonchar, and quickly concluded this is a swell time for a slow stretch of the schedule, after all.

"Obviously, I'm glad right now there's not a game today, because I would not have been able to play," he said.

Preliminary indications are that Ekman's injury is not serious -- "I hope I'll be back for [today's] practice," he said -- and going so many days without a game clearly is good for injured players such as center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Brooks Orpik, because it limits the number of games they miss.

Not all of their teammates feel the same way, however. Some like to get into a routine early in the season, competing at regular intervals, and that's pretty much impossible when the Penguins are in their longest stretch without a game until Dec. 22-26.

"Most guys would rather play a boatload of games right at the beginning of the season," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "It gets you into more of a rhythm and the team gets a better feel for itself."

Left winger Andre Roy, however, doesn't believe the extended time between a 2-0 loss to Detroit Saturday and a game against the New York Rangers Thursday at Madison Square Garden makes a difference, and even pointed out a positive facet of it.

"You get to rest," he said. "We had a hard training camp."

That's true, and the Penguins should be prepared for a series of demanding practices over the next few days, too. That's not unusual when coach Michel Therrien is scripting them.

"We prepared very well this year," Scuderi said. "Sometimes, on a good team, practice is tougher than a game. That's the way we've practiced so far."

Yesterday's session focused largely on improving unsatisfactory aspects of the loss to Detroit, when the Penguins generated just 13 shots on goal.

"After a game like the last one, it's nice to get a few days of practice, work on some things we have to work on," assistant coach Mike Yeo said.

Having the first man in on the forecheck be more aggressive got a lot of attention yesterday, as did other elements of the Penguins' offensive game.

"We have to find ways to create scoring chances," Yeo said. "Not just taking what's given to you, but creating second opportunities.

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shookem said:
When's Malkin supposed to be back?
On September 25, 2006, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero announced that Malkin will not require surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder. Malkin is therefore expected to return to the Penguins lineup within 2-4 weeks.
 

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On September 25, 2006, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero announced that Malkin will not require surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder. Malkin is therefore expected to return to the Penguins lineup within 2-4 weeks.
So it's been two weeks already.

According to ESPN it's still unknown when he will return (Oct 6).

ESPN.com - NHL - Malkin's NHL debut still weeks away due to bad shoulder

Here's something today from the Toronto Star.
Injured Malkin making progress
Rookie continues rehab on shoulder
New deal keeping Moreau an Oiler
Oct. 7, 2006. 01:00 AM

Rookie Evgeni Malkin will continue the rehabilitation program for his dislocated left shoulder and be re-evaluated in two weeks, the Pittsburgh Penguins said yesterday.

The Russian was injured during a Sept.20 pre-season game in Moncton, N.B., and has been working his way back since.

The Penguins have yet to pinpoint a probable return date for Malkin, considered the best player in the world not in the NHL last year.

Initial diagnosis said he could be out as long as six weeks, keeping him sidelined until November, but yesterday's news suggests he could be back sooner.
TheStar.com - Injured Malkin making progress
 
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