All Injured Players Expected To Make Road Trip
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — While there is no definitive timeline for return for forwards Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy or Arron Asham, all three are expected to travel with the team on the upcoming two-game road trip.
The Penguins start in Dallas at 7:30 p.m. tonight and then travel to Colorado Saturday for a 9 p.m. faceoff. Crosby, Kennedy and Asham all practiced Tuesday, continuing to spread optimism that each may return to the lineup as the season winds down.
Likely the closest is Asham, who sat out Sunday’s game against Columbus with an upper-body injury.
“Everything’s good. Just a little banged up,” he said, according to the Penguins official website. “More precautionary than anything. Felt great out there today. Had a good day off yesterday and will be ready for this trip.”
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma concurred and said Asham could return to the starting lineup on the road trip.
“Today was, I think, a good day for him,” Bylsma said. “We’ll see how his practice was and how he responds. I think him being healthy sometime during this trip is a possibility.”
Kennedy and Crosby appear to be a little bit further away from returning. Kennedy has skated for four straight days, and Bylsma says “he’s improving.”
As for Crosby, Bylsma says there’s still no time line to return. Bylsma added that he’s not looking ahead to a Crosby return.
“There is no anticipation on when Sid would come back to our team,” Bylsma said. “I haven’t written anything down in terms of what the lines would be.”
Other injury notes:
- Brent Johnson is still listed as “day-to-day” by Bylsma.