Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had two assists on Tuesday versus the Lightning.
Insight: Malkin was plus-two and again, one of the best skaters on the ice. He was tied with Sidney Crosby for the team lead with five shots on goal, but Crosby did not register a point. Malkin has 16 goals and 25 assists in 34 games this season.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby has the mumps according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Insight: After his tests came back negative on Friday, second tests have apparently said Crosby has the disease spreading through the league. Crosby will miss Monday's game against the Lightning, which is a big loss for fantasy owners, but hopefully he returns shortly after that.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is still feeling ill and there is no word yet what is wrong according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Crosby underwent tests for the mumps, which has been spreading around the league, and when the tests came back negative, Crosby practiced Friday. Then on Saturday, he sat out again to undergo further tests. Pittsburgh next plays Tampa Bay on Monday and would really like to have Crosby back, along with all fantasy owners, but Sid's status is up in the air.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang played extremely well on Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Letang scored two goals and finished plus-three. His first goal came on a beautiful two-on-one opportunity with the Penguins short handed. Craig Adams chipped the puck to himself off the boards, which started the break and then found Letang in front of the net. Letang faked the forehand shot and quickly flipped a backhanded shot over Sergei Bobrovsky's glove. Letang's second goal tied the game at three with 10 seconds left in regulation. The defenseman also scored in the shoootout, but Pittsburgh lost, 4-3.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the next two games, and possibly more, due to an illness.
Insight: While some have speculated Crosby is dealing with the mumps, there is no official diagnosis on what he is dealing with. We will update you as news comes out about Crosby over the next few days.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will not play on Saturday against the Senators.
Insight: Hornqvist is undergoing tests for a concussion and we syhould know more Tuesday. He is having a fantastic start with 11 goals and 14 assists with a plus-eight rating in 25 games, so hopefully he isn't out long.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in his 15th victory of the season.
Insight: Fleury allowed two goals as Pittsburgh fell behind, 2-1, but the team rallied to win, 3-2. After the Penguins took the lead with under two minutes to play, Fleury had to make a couple more big saves to ensure the victory. Fleury moves all alone to fourth in the league in wins.
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored another key goal for Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Insight: Ehrhoff has just two goals on the season, but both are game-winners. The defenseman was the Penguins best skater against the Senators on Saturday, and he led the team with seven shots. Sidney Crosby found him wide open on the opposite side of the ice late in the third period. Ehrhoff wound up and released a slap shot that beat Craig Anderson high and on the glove side. Pittsburgh won, 3-2.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Fleury continued his hot start to the season, stopping all 29 shots he faced. His five shutouts already ties a career-high, and the season is just over 25 percent done. Fleury is 14-4-1 this season.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play against the Devils on Tuesday despite the flu.
Insight: Crosby missed the team's morning skate with his illness, but he will still dress. The Penguins tweeter account has a picture of the captain warming up for the game, so it is safe to leave him in fantasy lineups.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored his first goal in 12 games.
Insight: Kunitz has recently moved down to Pittsburgh's second line, but he isn't missing Sidney Crosby that much playing with Evgeni Malkin. Despite not scoring, Kunitz had five assists over the goal drought. He had nine goals and 11 assists this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal in a Pittsburgh uniform on Saturday.
Insight: It proved to be an important score as the goal put the Penguins ahead, 3-1, late in the third period. Carolina added a late power-play goal as Pittsburgh held on to win, 3-2. Ehrhoff has seven assists and is plus-14 in addition to scoring once.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will beout for six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung.
Insight: We now know why he missed Monday's game, as the news is tough for Pittsburgh to hear. The good news however is that Dupuis is stable, and will now need the six months for the blood thinning treatment to work.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in a victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Fleury was ready for the rematch after Tuesday's 5-0 loss in New York. His defense was that let him down in that first meeting was ready as well. In one of the most exciting November hockey games a fan could ever see, Fleury allowed two goals on 31 shots and stopped three out of four attempts in the shootout to win.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Malkin played his best game of the season Saturday. He was flying all over the ice. He had an assist on Blake Comeau's goal to start the scoring and tied the game in the second period. Pittsburgh won in a shootout, 3-2.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will sit Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: As always Marc-Andre Fleury has seen a heavy workload. He's 9-3 with a 2.15 GAA and .924 SV% including three shutouts. Thomas Greiss has a 2.42 GAA and .923 save percentage this season in three starts.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will have to wait to get revenge for last season's playoff lost against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
Insight: Pittsburgh played its worse game of the season, allowing five goals and being held scoreless. Fleury allowed all five goals on 35 shots but made some fantastic saves that kept it from being 7-0 or even 8-0. Even still, it was a horrible night for Fleury in fantasy.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang exited Monday's game and went into the locker room during the first period. UPDATE: Letang returned to the ice early in the second period.
Insight: Letang had a big collison with a Rangers player and looked to be experiencing some pain in his leg. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Letang has not returned to the ice since the hit. Stay posted for updates.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist was part of the puzzle in the team's 6-1 win over the Sabres.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal, two penaly minutes, and a +3 rating. Hornqvist now has nine goals and 18 points on the season, and assuming he continues to play next to Sidney Crosby, Hornqvist will have a great chance to surpass his career-high total of 53 points, from a season ago.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals in a, 4-3, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: This victory was a little bit more awkward as Fleury back-to-back shutouts coming into the game, but it was still Fleury's fifth straight victory. He stopped 34-of-27 shots and made two saves in the shootout.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury signed a four-year, $23 million contract extension with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Insight: Many in Pittsburgh were surprised new general manager Jim Rutherford did not extend Fleury's contract in the offseason, and some thought that was a sign Rutherford was not sold on Fleury being the team's goaltender long-term. This contract puts that to rest. It was a wise move by Pittsburgh being that he would have been the best goalie available on the market this coming summer and would have likely deemed a higher price than what the Penguins just signed him to.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second-straight shutout on Saturday.
Insight: Fleury was busy on Thursday, making 36 saves against the Kings in a 3-0 victory. On Saturday, his defense did all the work. Fleury stopped all 18 shots he faced in the 5-0 win. Pittsburgh is on a four-game winning streak, and Fleury has won every game.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby leads the league with 18 points after 10 games this season.
Insight: That's not much of a surprise. Crosby's Penguins have also played fewer games than most teams through Nov. 1, so that makes it a little big more impressive. Pittsburgh leads the league in scoring and power-play scoring. Crosby had three assists in Saturday's, 5-0, victory over the Sabres.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a sub-par outing on Tuesday against the Devils.
Insight: He stopped just 16-of-19 shots, but the Penguins won, 8-3. Fleury looked a lot better in the last 35 minutes of the game. He helped Pittsburgh kill three penalties and one goal he allowed was a break away, so he really can't be blamed for that.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh scored, incredibly, the last seven goals of the game to beat New Jersey, 8-3. Crosby scored at the end of the second period and then the final goal of the contest with just over three minutes left. The captain finished with a plus-two rating and six shots. Crosby has seven goals this season.
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin looks completely healthy to start the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Fantasy owners are relieved to hear Malkin was all over the ice on Saturday against the Islanders. He scored the team's first goal with a wrist shot on the 5-on-3 power play. With still a man advantage, Malkin set up the next goal with a slap shot that Patric Hornqvist tipped into the net. Malkin also looked great defensively, which fantasy owners might not care much about, but is an excellent sign in terms of his health.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck, but according to beat writer Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review he's already been cleared to play.
Insight: Pretty amazing. Dupuis has four points in the first three games playing with Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter, but they all came in one game against Anaheim.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis tied a career-high with four points on Thursday against the Ducks.
Insight: Dupuis scored to make the game 3-0 midway through the first period. Dupuis then added an assist on a Sidney Crosby power play goal and another helper on Brandon Sutter's short-handed goal. Dupuis also had five shots and was plus-three.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals and added an assist in an opening night victory against the Ducks.
Insight: Crosby scored on a pass from his old friend Chris Kunitz in the first period to put the Penguins up, 2-0. Crosby then scored on the power play to snap a 3-3 tie. The Penguins captain finished with five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in addition to his three points.
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin is in the lineup on Thursday against the Ducks.
Insight: There were rumors that Malkin would miss the season opener since he missed all of training camp and preseason with a disclosed injury. Malkin is playing, had an assist and posted a plus-one rating in the first period as the Penguins took an early 3-1 lead.
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter is still looking for his scoring touch he had with Carolina five years ago.
Insight: At just 20-years-old, Sutter scored 21 goals and 40 points in 72 games during 2009-2010. He did score five goals and two assists in 13 playoff games last spring, so Pittsburgh hopes he can built upon that. Sutter will lliekly be the team's third-line center.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has played in just 87 games over the last two seasons.
Insight: Dupuis missed 43 games last year due to a torn MCL and ACL. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports his knee feels 100 percent in training camp. Although Dupuis and Sidney Crosby had great chemistry when Dupius was healthy, we would suggest owners to use the wait-and-see approach.
Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta had a very nice rookie season with nine goals and 20 assists.
Insight: Pittsburgh would love to give Maatta some more playing time, but the Penguins have plenty of good defenseman. Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff will get the power-play minutes and Paul Martin is likely still the team's best overall defenseman. Maatta might not be a start worthy defenseman on draft day, but check back if one of those first three players get injured.
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year.
Insight: Ehrhoff scored six goals and 27 assists with the Sabres last year, so it is safe to expect those numbers or even greater based just on the fact Ehrhoff will benefit from playing with Sidney Crosby and company. At the very least he should see a huge improvement in plus/minus. Ehrhoff's was -27 a year ago.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015.
Insight: Letang missed significant time last season after suffering a stroke in January, but he returned for the playoffs. Letang is one of the best offensive defenseman in the league, and even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff, who could take some time away from Letang on the power play, Letang is a top-15 defenseman.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a career-high 35 goals and 68 points last season.
Insight: Kunitz has averaged 0.81 points per game in his five-plus seasons with the Penguins. It is hard to assume those numbers will again go up this year, but even at 35 years old, Kunitz has shown no signs of slowing down.
Description: The only concern surrounding Evgeni Malkin for fantasy owner's is his health.
Insight: Malkin has not played a full season since the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009. His talent speaks for itself, however, and the there is just too much skill to not take Malkin at least in the first five picks.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the top fantasy option once again in 2014.
Insight: The only other player owners should really consider with the No.1 pick is Alex Ovechkin but that is because Ovechkin provides higher value as a winger than Crosby does as a center. Crosby is the best hockey player in the world and is feeling good after offseason wrist surgery.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it cannot be good either. Malkin will now go into the regular season without playing a single exhibition game, and one has to wonder about whether he will be ready to go on opening day.
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston.
Insight: Anther bad break for Bennett who missed 51 games last season with a wrist injury. He was set to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin which is always a good thing for his fantasy value, but now he could miss 20 games.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
Insight: Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Description: After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
Insight: Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
Insight: Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Description: The Penguins didn't get much out of Sidney Crosby in this year's postseason.
Insight: Crosby disappeared over the final three games of the Rangers series, missing all six of his shots on goal while recording a -2 rating. Dating back to last season, Crosby has just one goal in his last 18 playoff appearances.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik returned from an undisclosed injury Wednesday night against the Rangers but ended up suffering an apparent knee injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Orpik missed the last two games of Pittsburgh's first-round series against Columbus and the first three games of its second-round series against the Rangers. He only played 5:15 Wednesday in Game 4.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby handed out two assists in Wednesday's Game 4 victory over New York.
Insight: Crosby had been having a quiet series prior to Wednesday, at least by his standards (one point in three games). The Penguins are in the driver's seat now. They lead the Rangers three games to one with Game 5 Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin led his team to a series win against Columbus with his second-career playoff hat trick in Game 6 Monday night.
Insight: Malkin missed the last few weeks of the regular season due to a fractured foot and didn't have a goal in the first five games of the series. Pittsburgh will play the winner of the Rangers-Flyers series (New York leads 3-2) in the second round.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) practiced Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd and is questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Blue Jackets. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby (rest) was a healthy scratch for Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Pittsburgh is preparing for the postseason. Crosby missed just two games this season and won the Art Ross Trophy (most points in the NHL) for the second time in his career with 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists). He'll likely capture his second Hart Trophy as well.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return Wednesday against Detroit. It's his first game since suffering a stroke two months ago. SOURCE: Piitsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: He may not play his usual 24 minutes a game but Letang is always a strong fantasy option when healthy. Even without playing the last two months, he's still tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (ten).
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter provided two goals Sunday in a win against the Avalanche.
Insight: He logged a season-high 23 and a half minutes of ice time. Sutter (13 goals, 13 assists) will probably see a similar workload Wednesday if head coach Dan Bylsma decides to rest Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz again.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz won't be on the ice Sunday against Colorado. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: He's sitting out with a lower-body issue. The Penguins are already locked into the No. 2 seed and will probably look to rest some of their starters between now and the end of the regular season.
Description: Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett (broken wrist) scored a goal in his return to the lineup Friday against Columbus.
Insight: Bennett has taken over Evgeni Malkin's spot on the second line with Malkin out for the next few weeks. It's a talented line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal, so Bennett may be able to help some fantasy owners.
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-to-3 weeks with a foot injury, according to NHL.com.
Insight: Malkin's regular season is likely over. The 27-year-old has 23 goals, 49 assists, 62 PIM and 191 SOG in 60 games and is impossible to replace. His absence will also lessen the fantasy value of linemate James Neal.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby reached the 90-point mark for the fifth time in his career Tuesday night.
Insight: Crosby had two goals and one assist, giving him 33 goals and 91 points in 68 games. He had 100+ points in four of his first five NHL seasons but didn't have higher than 66 in the past three due to injuries.
Description: Lee Stempniak has produced six points in seven games since the Flames traded him to the Penguins.
Insight: Stempniak had a goal and two assists Tuesday against the Stars. He has been skating on Sidney Crosby's line, which got even better Tuesday with the return of Chris Kunitz from a two-game absence.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) participated in warmups prior to Tuesday's game and it appears he will play, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Kunitz (31 G, 28 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week, but practiced Monday and skated Tuesday morning. He just needed to get medical clearance to play in a game, and it appears he has done that.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) participated in pre-game warmups Tuesday night, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Neal (22 G, 27 A) missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend before returning to practice Monday. He still needed to get clearance to play in a game, however, which is why he was a game-time decision.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) skated Tuesday morning but still needs medical clearance to play Tuesday night.
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend but was cleared to practice Monday and may be able to get clearance to play before Tuesday's contest. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice Monday less than two months after having a stroke. It's still unclear if he'll return this season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Letang was not limited in any way at practice, though some of his teammates were hesitant to be physical with him and he had to urge them to hit him because he wanted to get used to contact again.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) surprisingly received clearance for full participation in Monday's practice and could play as soon as Tuesday against the Stars. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season, so fantasy owners will be happy to have him back so quickly.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (maintenance) missed Thursday's practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His status for Saturday's game is unclear.
Insight: Chris Kunitz also sat out. Both are dealing with bumps and bruises. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Neal has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz missed practice Thursday for maintenance and is questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia. SOURCE: Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: James Neal sat out for the same reason. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Kunitz collided with the goal post during Tuesday's game and hurt his leg.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz delivered two goals in Monday's win against the Capitals.
Insight: Sidney Crosby assisted on both including the game-winner with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period. Kunitz (31 goals, 28 assists) is two points away from tying his career-high in scoring.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal extended his points streak to six games Thursday against Montreal.
Insight: The first five games came before the Olympic break. Neal had a goal, an assist, four SOG and a +2 Thursday and has 21 goals, 47 points, 147 SOG, 39 PIM and a +16 in just 38 games this season. He's a top-notch fantasy asset.
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett (broken wrist) will miss another three-to-four weeks after suffering a setback, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Bennett was expected to return following the Olympic break but he'll be out until late March. He's played just 12 games this season with three points, but did post 14 points in 26 games last season.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, an injury he sustained during the Winter Olympics.
Insight: Martin missed nearly two months with a broken leg this season and now this. He has two goals and 10 assists in 33 games and may not play again until the playoffs. With Kris Letang still out after having a stroke, the Penguins will use Matt Niskanen (7 G, 27 A) and Olli Maatta (6 G, 17 A) as the top defensive pairing.
Description: Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) has been medically cleared to play and just needs to get in shape, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The veteran missed the entire season to this point after he had a blood clot in his pelvis back in September. Vokoun was 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV% last season as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game. It will be his fourth straight absence.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scoring defenseman. As of yet, no timetable has been announced.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang missed Monday's game against Ottawa, his third in a row due to illness.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scoring defenseman. As of yet, no timetable has been announced.
Description: Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was on point Monday against Buffalo.
Insight: Fleury saved all 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. He's been alternating wins and losses lately so fantasy owners may want to start someone else when Fleury heads to Los Angeles Thursday for a game against the Kings.
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen has six goals and 13 points in his last 14 games.
Insight: Niskanen has held down the fort while teammates Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik have missed time due to injuries in the past six weeks. His +25 differential is tied for the NHL lead.
Description: Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) will skate for the first time on Wednesday, according to Penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: He also missed a large portion of the 2006-07 season while dealing with a blood clot. He's not taking shots yet, but this is a big step in the right direction. Vokoun was 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV%.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) is active Monday against the Panthers, according to penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: Neal only had to miss one game due to his injury because of Pittsburgh's light schedule from Jan. 12-19. He has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season, so make sure he's back in your lineups.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) sat out Wednesday's game against the Capitals.
Insight: According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Neal made it sound like he was going to play Wednesday morning, so his absence is a bit surprising. He has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin provided three points Sunday in a win over Winnipeg.
Insight: It was Malkin's first game back after missing three weeks with a leg injury. Even after missing all that time, Malkin (two goals, one assist on Sunday) still ranks ninth in the league in scoring with 44 points in 33 contests.
Description: Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen had a pair of goals Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: With Pascal Dupuis out for the season, Jokinen is locked into a top-six role. However, he doesn't have the benefit of playing with Evgeni Malkin at the moment. The 30-year-old has 11 goals and 28 points in 43 games on the season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) will play Friday, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Boston's Shawn Thornton knocked Orpik off his feet and knocked him unconscious with a punch to the head on Dec. 7. Thornton was given a 15-game suspension for the act. Orpik has a goal and seven points in 31 games and has minimal fantasy value.