Penguins' Notebook: Kennedy could return tonight


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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right winger Tyler Kennedy, who has missed the Penguins' past three games with an undisclosed injury, took part in his first full practice with the team yesterday at Anaheim Ice and could return to the lineup as soon as tonight against the Ducks at Honda Center.

"We still have to see how he reacts" to a full practice, coach Dan Bylsma said, "but he looks pretty good for [tonight]. Pretty good chances."

Kennedy reacted with a smile when Bylsma's words were relayed to him.

"I felt all right in practice," Kennedy said. "I feel pretty good. Time will tell, I guess."

Kennedy had five goals and an assist in 11 games before getting hurt. He is usually part of a successful third line with center Jordan Staal and left winger Matt Cooke.

Wisniewski suspended

Anaheim will be without key defenseman James Wisniewski for the game tonight. He received a two-game suspension from the NHL for a forearm hit to the head of Phoenix's Shane Doan in the first period of their game Saturday.

There was no penalty on the play. Doan missed his next shift before returning.

Wisniewski, the Ducks' third-leading scorer with nine points, recently had settled in to a pairing with former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Testing new exhibit

After practice, Penguins president David Morehouse and a few other team officials visited the Discovery Science Center, which has a new 3,000-square-foot hockey exhibit that weaves science and math into various displays and challenges.

Members of the group tried broadcasting, playing goal against a video shooter with three possible shot angles, shooting at a video goalie, using a slide board to emulate skating, even tugging on pulleys to see the difference in weight between the older, sweat-saturated jerseys and those that now wick away sweat.

One of the more popular stations -- especially with Morehouse and Tom McMillan, vice president of communications -- was a test of reaction time.

Tip-ins

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who has been practicing with the team since he broke his left (shooting) wrist Oct. 20, is now holding his stick with both hands and taking a few light shots. ... Forwards Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) and Max Talbot (shoulder and foot) traveled with the club and most likely will start skating during the four-game trip that starts tonight. ... The Ducks waived former Penguins forward Erik Christensen. Teams can claim him until noon today.


Shelly Anderson can be reached at shanderson@post-gazette.com .


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