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Penguins Report: Game Day at Atlanta

Saturday, 11.21.2009 / 12:54 PM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan
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Penguins Report: Game Day at Atlanta

4:53 PM:
AROUND THE RINK (PHILIPS ARENA EDITION)






Freaky goalie masks hanging from the ceiling.





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2:17 PM:
Tyler Kennedy flew to Atlanta Friday evening and he took part in a portion of the Penguins' morning skate. Afterwards he spoke with the media.

How are you feeling?
A little better.
Do you have a target for playing again?
No, not yet. It's still up in the air.
Do you think it would be within a week or so?
You never know. I'm not sure yet. You never know.
You never know or the media never knows?
You guys just don't know.
How frustrating has it been?
It's a weird injury. It's taking longer than I thought. I have to stay focused and stay positive.
Do you have to focus in practice so you don't reaggravate it?
Yeah. You don't want to go out there and do it again. The thing is to prepare for practice just like a game. The practices are my games and I have to prepare like that.
What has to happen for you to be ready to return?
You need to feel well and in good shape. You need to feel well I guess.
Do you look back and sees signs in the Anaheim game that you weren't ready to be back?
I felt a little bit and thought it would go away. It ended up not going away. It was a learning experience for sure.
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1:02 PM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed with reporters after the team's Saturday morning skate that defenseman Brooks Orpik is back in the lineup.

"He's in for tonight," Bylsma said. "So FSN can have him for the bench (interview)."

In the locker room, Bylsma asked Orpik, "You ready?" Orpik replied: "I'm ready."

Despite Orpik's return, Bylsma did not reveal if he will be paired with his old partner, Sergei Gonchar.

"I was hopeful he'd be in today. As far as pairings, I have two sets of pairings that I anticipate and I know (assistant coach) Mike Yeo is doing the same thing. We'll get together this afternoon. Especially if we're looking for a matchup you may see 44 and 55 but we'll wait to see."

The Penguins did not skate in their forward combinations or defensive pairings at practice.
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12:55 PM:
Here are some shots from Atlanta's and Pittsburgh's morning skates at Philips Arena on Saturday:




Former Penguins Johan Hedberg (left) and Colby Armstrong (right)


Brooks Orpik (right) returns to the lineup tonight. He chatted with head coach Dan Bylsma.


Marc-Andre Fleury breaks in his new pads, blocker and glove at the morning skate.
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