Pens' Orpik closer to returning to action
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 6, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — There is a chance, albeit a small one, that defenseman Brooks Orpik will play Wednesday (Thursday)
night when the Penguins open the season against the Canucks.
Orpik, who had hernia surgery this summer and did not play in any exhibition games, has practiced with the team three times in the past week and reported no lingering issues with the injury.
Although it would register as a surprise if Orpik plays against the Canucks, it would not be a shock.
"I wouldn't say there's zero chance I'll play," Orpik said Wednesday.
He has stressed all along that he won't force the issue with this injury. Given the Penguins' depth on the blue line and the reality that the postseason doesn't begin for another six months, there is hardly a need to force the veteran into the lineup until he's completely healthy.
Still, Orpik made it clear that his return is coming soon. Maybe even tonight.
"You never want to miss opening day," Orpik said.
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