PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins defenseman Paul Martin participated in a full practice with teammates Monday and hopes to return Friday against the Rangers.

Martin hasn’t played since Dec. 16 when he suffered an unspecified injury against Ottawa. He say he hopes to use the extended period of time off this week to heal and get back in the lineup.

“It felt good today. I had the day off yesterday. Today felt good to be out there. It was fun,” Martin said. “We have a couple more days of (practice), which is good before the next game.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says he expects Martin to continue to practice with the team the rest of the week.

The Penguins practice today and then have a scheduled day off before returning back to practice Thursday to prepare for Friday’s game.

“(Friday is) our game plan right now,” Martin said. “We have some days ahead of us to get work done. Our goal is definitely for (playing) Friday.”

Other injury news:

  • Forwards Pascal Dupuis (unspecified) and Arron Asham (knee) sat out of Monday’s practice and are listed as day-to-day.
  • Richard Park participated in a full practice and he could return Friday.
  • Forward Dustin Jeffrey (knee) and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (concussion) could return to practice this week.

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