Orpik (concussion) returns to the Penguins lineup tonight.
Orpik will play for the first time since December 7 when he was knocked unconscious by a Shawn Thornton sucker punch. He missed eight games with a concussion but will be back tonight when the Penguins are in Carolina. He will skate with Deryk Engelland.
Orpik (head) was on the ice prior to the Penguins morning skate.
This is a good sign for Orpik who was knocked unconscious by Shawn Thornton just six days ago. No word on whether or not he will participate in the morning skate, but regardless it is great to see him out there less than a week after a scary incident.
The Penguins have placed Brooks Orpik (head) on injured reserve.
Orpik was injured on Saturday when he was sucker punched by Bruins winger Shawn Thornton while laying prone on the ice. Orpik concussed Loui Eriksson on a hit earlier in the game and when things spiralled out of control after a James Neal knee, Thornton went right after Orpik. Thornton has been suspended indefinitely for the incident and Orpik will be out until at least next Saturday.
Orpik was removed from the ice on a stretcher after he was taken to the ice, then punched in the head while prone by Bruins winger Shawn Thornton.
Orpik was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was alert and conscious. He was scheduled to accompany teammates on a return flight to Pittsburgh, coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think he was out (unconscious) on the ice for a period of time, and I think that means he's got a concussion,” Bylsma said, adding that Orpik underwent a battery of tests and will be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh. Orpik, per club policy on injured players, was not available for comment.
#Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik paired with Ben Lovejoy in today's morning skate.
Sounds like Orpik will make his season debut tonight. With the team already missing Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and several others, adding their top defensive leader certainly helps their standing.
The Penguins have arrived in Winnipeg, but the team reports that center Evgeni Malkin and three other injured players did not make the two-game trip, which includes a game against the Jets on Monday and a game at Minnesota on Tuesday. The others who didn't travel are Sidney Crosby (concussion), Brooks Orpik (abdomen) and Dustin Jeffrey (knee). They have not played this season.
Don't expect to see any of these four players in the lineup over the next two road games. Through the team's first six games, they boast a league-best eight points.