Penguins Michalek out for two weeks

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Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek is expected to miss the next two weeks, coach Dan Bylsma said. Michalek sustained what is believed to be a right shoulder injury Monday against New Jersey.

In other injury updates, winger Arron Asham skated this morning and has been upgraded from out indefinitely to out for about two weeks for what is believed to be a left shoulder injury. Center Jordan Staal also continues to skate separately from team practice as he recovers from a foot infection.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik did not practice and remains day-to-day because of a groin strain.

Team captain Sidney Crosby and fellow center Max Talbot sat out practice for what the team called maintenance days, but both are expected to be available for Friday night's home game against the New York Islanders.

The Penguins will wear their blue alternate jerseys for the first time this season against the Islanders. Later this month, the will unveil a new alternate uniform that they will wear against Washington in the outdoor Winter Classic Jan. 1 at Heinz Field.

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