Penguins notebook: Winger Carter Rowney progressing, still doesn’t play – Tribune

November 18, 2017 - Finding Carter

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Penguins winger Carter Rowney did not play Saturday night opposite a Chicago Blackhawks, though he used with his teammates Saturday morning — an denote of swell in his liberation from a wrist injury.

He pronounced he initial contingency accommodate with Penguins medical crew and get “my legs underneath me,” though he felt good after a scarcely 30-minute workout.

“(The hold on a stick) was feeling good out there,” he said. “(Saturday) was a good step in a right direction.”

Rowney was harmed Oct. 21 in Tampa — a day after scoring his initial idea of a deteriorate in a diversion during a Florida Panthers — and has been on harmed haven given Oct. 23.

He’s been means to contend his conditioning around a rehab routine — he usually took dual days off after a damage — and Saturday was time to get on a ice for serve testing, he said. Even while refraining from contact.

“The subsequent step was to try to get out there with a guys, have a small bit of gait and be means to accept their passes,” he said.

Rowney seemed upbeat, though there is no calendar for his return.

“I’ll speak it over with a medical staff and see what a subsequent step is,” he said. “I’m usually perplexing to get a gait of a diversion behind and try to get extrinsic behind with a organisation and get my legs underneath me.

“It’s day-by-day. (Saturday) was a good step. We’ll see how it reacts.”

Personnel updates

Defenseman Olli Maatta did not use Saturday morning, though he played during night.

“Olli wasn’t feeling good this morning,” manager Mike Sullivan said.

Sullivan pronounced a preference to play Maatta was “a game-time decision.”

Defenseman Matt Hunwick played for a initial time given pang a concussion Oct. 17.

Little room for blunder

Prior to Saturday’s games, usually 7 points distant a 3 co-leaders in a Metropolitan Division — a Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets (25) — and a last-place Carolina Hurricanes (18).

“It’s really identical to final year,” pronounced Sidney Crosby, referring to 4 teams finishing a unchanging deteriorate with 102 or some-more points, including a runner-up Penguins (111).

“We’re awaiting it to be tighten all a approach through,” he said. “We usually have to continue to find ways to get points and make certain we try to fibre some (victories) together, if we can. But it doesn’t indispensably meant you’re going to benefit many ground.”

Third-line core Riley Sheahan pronounced relaxing for a spell can have catastrophic results.

“If you’re out (of contention) by Christmas or even Thanksgiving, it’s really tough to stand back,” he said. “You can’t let yourself get in a peace and get in a losing streak.”

Time to simulate

The diversion opposite a Blackhawks was a Penguins’ 22nd, tied with Arizona for a many in a NHL. The organisation is off until Wednesday — usually their second three-day mangle of a deteriorate — and winger Bryan Rust pronounced it will be a good time for some introspection.

“We haven’t had a whole lot of use time and haven’t had a whole lot of time to try to make a organisation better,” he said. “We’ve been in and out of games.”

The organisation has a scheduled day off Sunday, though will use Monday and Tuesday before assembly a Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday during PPG Paints Arena.

Fights, with a purpose

Noted pugilist Ryan Reaves has been in 4 fights in his initial deteriorate with a Penguins, usually 4 fewer than he had all of final deteriorate with a St. Louis Blues.

But he pronounced pointless fighting is down around a NHL.

“I theory a form of fights that are vanishing are a ones that we go out and we line adult and say, ‘Hey, let’s go,’ for no reason,” he said. “Those ones are done.”

He also remarkable there are fewer “heavyweights” in a league. But fighting isn’t dead.

“You still see a lot of somebody had a large hit, and teammates are adhering adult for (each other),” Reaves said. “Or, a organisation is removing run out of a building and needs some energy.”

Saad’s homecoming

The Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad, another in a prolonged line of Pine-Richland athletes anticipating success on a inhabitant stage, available a shawl pretence in Chicago’s 10-1 feat opposite a Penguins progressing this season. But before Saturday night, he had usually dual goals in 9 games in Pittsburgh.

He pronounced it’s not a matter of perplexing to greatfully a hometown fans.

“I suffer (playing in Pittsburgh),” pronounced Saad, who left Pine-Richland after his sophomore deteriorate though graduated from high propagandize in Michigan while posterior youth hockey. “It’s good to come behind and see family and friends.”

He was means to have cooking with many of them Friday, including cousin Jimmy Fadoul, a defensive tackle during Pine-Richland personification in a WPIAL championship diversion Saturday.

“I don’t follow too much, though usually from articulate to him, it’s flattering exciting.”

He pronounced he doesn’t know his associate Pine-Richland alums who are creation names for themselves — Neil Walker (MLB), Meghan Klingenberg (U.S. inhabitant soccer team) and Phil Jurkovec (Notre Dame quarterback recruit) — though their success doesn’t warn him. “Pittsburgh is a sports town, and Pine-Richland has a large organisation of kids and a large selection,” Saad said. “Kids adore to play a diversion of whatever sport. They demeanour adult to some flattering good teams to watch.

“But it’s flattering crazy how we all came from a same place.”

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him during or around Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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