While the Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing for a run at the Stanley Cup, they received some good news regarding defenseman Brooks Orpik heading in to their opening round series of the NHL Playoffs. Orpik has been out of action since suffering a lower-body injury last week, but he returned to the ice and skated on Tuesday night, so there are optimistic signs about his availability for Wednesday night.
The Penguins passed along the news from head coach Dan Bylsma that Orpik would be a gametime decision:
Brooks Orpik skated on his own this morning. He’s part of the game-time decision for Game 1, per coach Bylsma #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 30, 2013
If Orpik is good to go on Wednesday, it will be a much needed boost for the Penguins.
Pittsburgh would certainly benefit from a fully healthy defensive unit when they take on the New York Islanders offensive attack in the first-round of the playoffs.
Of course, the Penguins are still without star center Sidney Crosby, but the team will take healthy players where they can get them.