Head coach Dan Bylsma announced after practice Wednesday that defenseman Jay McKee will be sidelined the next two-to-four weeks with a finger infection.
"Jay McKee has an infection in his finger and he needed to get that cleaned up and it’s going to be two-to-four weeks," Bylsma said.
"Brooks is progressing along, but not ready for (Thursday) night we think," Bylsma said. "Both Brooks and Gonchar are moving along in the right direction, so hopefully we get one of those guys back for (Thursday’s) game. It’s possible and we can call someone up if need be."
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(True story: I saw someone mention how the top two teams in the Eastern Conference were playing Saturday night, and I suddenly thought maybe I had missed the fact that the Caps were playing the Pens. Nope. The Caps are playing the Devils. I guess this is why the Pens need the sparkles.)
"Penguins forward Max Talbot, who has been sidelined all year following offseason shoulder surgery, is hoping to return to the lineup Thursday night when the Penguins travel to Ottawa to play the Senators.
Talbot was recently cleared for contact and has been practicing with the team. He will continue working for the next few days and the team will make a decision following its Thursday morning skate as to whether or not Talbot will return against the Senators."
Player, Injury (Date), Time Frame, Current Progress
Maxime Talbot, torn labrum (July 7), 4 to 6 months, practicing (cleared for contact)
Sergei Gonchar, broken left wrist (Oct. 20), 4 to 6 weeks, practicing (cleared for contact)
Evgeni Malkin, shoulder strain (Oct. 29), 2 weeks, returned after missing 7 games
Tyler Kennedy, undisclosed (Nov. 5), day-to-day, no ice participation
Kris Letang, shoulder contusion (Nov. 7), 2 weeks, no ice participation
Brooks Orpik, lower-body (Nov. 10), 2 weeks, no ice participation
Chris Kunitz, lower-body (Nov. 13), 2-3 weeks, no ice participation
Alex Goligoski, lower-body (Nov. 16), 2-3 weeks, no ice participation
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Sorry, we don't like Raymond Bourque and we never will. The way he ended his career never really sat well with us. For those of you in the dark, Bourque spent 99.9% of his career in Boston playing for the Bruins. They couldn't win a Cup. So the Bruins traded him to Colorado so he could get a shot at the Cup. And he allowed Boston to do that. What a coward. And then Avalanche franchise retired his number. If Ray was a real man, he would have declined it.