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Kennedy Returns, Engelland Scratched

(Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland did not participate in Monday’s morning skate and was scratched against the Phoenix Coyotes, prompting the organization to recall Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wouldn’t comment on the nature of Engelland’s injury but said he’s listed as day-to-day.

Strait saw 12:19 of ice time Monday night with four blocked shots and four hits.

Winger Tyler Kennedy, who had been out for several weeks with a high-ankle sprain, returned against the Coyotes Monday night. He registered three shots on goal in 14:20 of ice time.

“I felt pretty good. A little rusty at the start, but I felt good overall,” Kennedy said, according to the Penguins official website. “It’s been four weeks here, and you are always nervous of coming back and where you are going to fit in and if you are ready. It felt good so I’m pretty happy.”

Forward Eric Tangradi was scratched with the return of Kennedy.

Other injury news:

  • Forward Dustin Jeffrey was sent home from the arena Monday morning because of illness. He did not play against Phoenix.
  • Defenseman Kris Letang, who is suffering concussion symptoms, was scheduled to be evaluated by doctors Monday. No statement has been released yet in regards to his health.

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