Kapanen, Heinen, Angello don’t skate
After a day off Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins resumed training Monday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex — minus three players. Forwards Kasperi Kapanen, Danton Heinen and Anthony Angello weren’t on the ice.
Maybe they were given the loosely defined maintenance days. Coach Mike Sullivan may have an update after the session.
With three attackers out, there were only three lines intact. At least at the beginning of the practice, they looked like this:
Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Rickard Rakell-Evgeni Malkin-Jeff Carter
Evan Rodrigues-Teddy Blueger-Brian Boyle (rotating Radim Zohorna)
The defenders rotated in terms of pairs.
Winger Jason Zucker was also absent. Not surprising given he was injured Thursday in Minnesota, although there are indications it might not be serious. It seems unlikely that he will play on Tuesday. Winger Brock McGinn, who is on long-term IR, skated before practice.
The Penguins are gearing up for a big rematch after Saturday’s competitive 3-2 loss to Colorado, this time with the Avalanche traveling to Pittsburgh. The Penguins’ roster for this game may become clearer depending on the status of the three forwards who didn’t practice Monday.