Penguins Notebook: No concussion tests yet for injured Orpik
December 12, 2013 8:44 PM
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Brooks Orpik of the Penguins is tended to by the medical staff on the ice in the first period after an altercation with Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins in the first period Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston.
By Shelly Anderson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By medical definition, Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has a concussion because he was knocked unconscious Saturday by Boston’s Shawn Thornton.
Doctors, though, have held off putting Orpik through neurocognitive or related testing — much less offering a timetable for his recovery.
“Brooks Orpik has not gone through any testing … on his concussion situation,” coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday after the team practiced at Southpointe.
“He’s not at a point right now where testing would be beneficial at all. He’s got to wait until a certain point, until” it will be beneficial.
Orpik has had symptoms associated with concussions, including memory loss, headaches and a sore neck. He will miss his second game tonight when New Jersey visits Consol Energy Center.
Meanwhile, defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) and winger Tanner Glass skated with conditioning coach Mike Kadar “at length” before practice, Bylsma said, and those two could be ready to return to practice “within the next three to five days.”
Jagr’s feat amazes Bylsma
Devils winger Jaromir Jagr, who won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins, last month became the eighth NHL player to reach 1,700 career points. He stands at 1,713.
And the 41-year-old left the NHL to play in the Kontinental Hockey League for three seasons.
Bylsma was asked if any active players might project to 1,700 points.
“The mention of the number 1,700 for shifts is a lot, let alone points and goals,” Bylsma said.
“I don’t think you can look at anybody right now and say, ‘That’s the type of person who can get it.’ There are so many things that go into that — the longevity, production that it takes to get there. You put those numbers together, it’s staggering.
“To see a player do it, it’s really outrageous. I can’t fathom anyone doing it again.”
The other seven who topped 1,700 are Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe, Ron Francis, Marcel Dionne, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux. The closest to joining that elite group among active players is Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, with 1,473, but he is expected to retire after this season. No other active player has reached 1,200.
Devils hit by injuries, too
The Penguins have been hit hard by injuries to defensemen this season, but so has New Jersey.
The Devils are without defenseman Peter Harrold (broken foot), team captain and defenseman Bryce Salvador (broken foot) and defenseman Adam Larsson (undisclosed), leaving them with only six healthy defensemen unless they call up one before the game tonight.
“I’m just happy to have six,” New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer told the Record of Bergen County. “With the way guys are going down, not just with us but around the league, I think you’re happy to have six guys you feel you can put on the ice.”
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