Penguins goaltender Vokoun assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton


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Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun on Wednesday will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment.

Vokoun is expected to play in a game this weekend for the first time this season. He has been out since training camp after a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis. He has been practicing for several weeks.

"We have to see if he can" play in a game, coach Dan Bylsma said today after practice at Southpointe.

In the meantime, centers Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale (unspecified injury) were medically re-evaluated over the weekend and are skating lightly separately from the team.

Four players who missed Sunday's game at Colorado because of apparent minor injuries -- forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz and defenseman Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik -- practiced and are considered day to day.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.

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