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WBS Penguins Practice UPDATE 2/9

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Carl Sneep, Boris Valabik and Keven Veilleux the only injured players on the roster.
The Penguins practiced at the Coal Street Rink today and Highland Park Hockey was there to bring the exclusive coverage with live updates on the Twitter feed. For those who missed that, a quick recap of what happened today:
  • Alexandre Picard and Boris Valabik practiced in regular jerseys. Expect Picard to be ready this weekend, but not Valabik. Valabik was mentioned by Hynes earlier this week as in the infancy stages of practice and still has a ways to go before being ready to return to action.
  • Carl Sneep did not practice today.  He won't play this weekend.
  •  Ryan Schnell and Cody Chupp were on the ice today so unless they are getting sent down later today or tomorrow, expect them to stay the weekend in Wilkes-Barre.
  • A lot of that depends on whether or not a forward will need to go back to Pittsburgh for their next game Saturday, and on the health of Eric Tangradi. Tangradi practiced at full capacity and looked good. But that doesn't mean his back can't flare up again and cause him to miss more time.
Here's the lines I jotted down at practice today. Interesting was that basically each line had four guys rotating in and out. Surprised to see Cody Chupp taking reps with the top line, but don't read too much into that.

McDonald - Lerg - Williams/Chupp
Gibbons - Street - Thompson/Tangradi
Craig - Sill - Walker/Petersen
DeFazio - Rust - MacIntyre/Schnell

Bortuzzo - Strait
Mormina - Picard
Grant - Wild
Samuelsson - Valabik

Thiessen - Munroe

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