Injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Brian Dumoulin both joined their teammates for a quick practice session today, adorned in their regular contact jerseys. Injured forward Carl Hagelin, however, remained in his red no-contact jersey.
Malkin and Dumoulin are on the ice for #Pens optional morning skate wearing regular contact jerseys. Hagelin is skating in a no-contact jersey. -MC
So, what does this mean for tonight’s game? In or out? Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan isn’t showing his hand so easily, ruling all three players as “game time decisions” for tonight’s pivotal Game 3 against the Metro Divison rival Washington Capitals.
#Pens HC Sullivan rules "all game-time decisions" on Malkin, Dumoulin and Hagelin -SK
In other words, you’ll get NOTHING and you’ll LIKE it…
For what it’s worth though, Dumoulin did confirm that he does in fact have a concussion following Sunday’s head shot from Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
Dumoulin said he’s just taking the appropriate steps. “You don’t want to rush concussions.” -SK
In case you missed it, early in the second period of Sunday’s afternoon’s Game 2 matchup Dumoulin was rattled by Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Wilson, the result of a BRUTAL sandwich style head shot deep in the Pens zone.
As he was breaking the puck out from behind his own net, Dumoulin makes a quick pass up ice and then stops up when he sees Ovechkin in his trolley tracks. While Dumoulin avoids getting absolutely trucked by Ovechkin, Wilson follows through with his shoulder to the back and side of Dumoulin’s head.
Here’s the play in question:
Surprisingly, NHL Player Safety announced yesterday that it would NOT have a hearing for Wilson and that the Caps pugilist will not face any supplemental discipline for his part in Dumoulin’s injury.
So… while Malkin, Dumoulin and Hagelin all remain question marks for today's game, it's probably a pretty safe bet to assume that the players' practice uniforms give away their ultimate fate. Meaning, expect both Malkin and Dumoulin to play, while Hagelin sits out a third straight game to recover. No doubt Malkin in particular will provide a hue boost to the Pens lineup.