[UPDATE] Rob Rossi is also reporting that Dupuis did, in fact, leave halfway through yesterday's practice and did not return; the Penguins did not provide a status as to whether or not he will play in the lineup against Phoenix tonight.
And no status updates on Hal Gill or Max Talbot to confirm whether or not they will be in the lineup tonight. Gill is possible, but it appears Talbot is unlikely.
[Just an interesting "tid bit"] Rossi also reported that the Penguins were unable to depart for Phoenix after the game last Tuesday so they practiced in San Jose yesterday. San Jose has a city-wide curfew that prohibits flights after midnight which is not just unique to SJ; it is also customary in Anaheim, where a similar curfew exists. The Penguins arrived in Phoenix yesterday afternoon.
We knew it would eventually come to an end because all good things usually do, so Michael Therrien made the decision to split up Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin yesterday. Crosby will remain on the 1st line while Malkin will return to 2nd line center. It makes sense (the Crosby and Malkin line was the only one making any plays while the other ones were pretty quiet over these past few games). Neither Petr Sykora or Jordan Staal seem to be "complete" without Malkin. Let's hope the time apart brings back the "magic" for Malkin and Sykora -- however, Staal will be left to generate his own "magic" as center between Tyler Kennedy and Miroslav Satan! Here is what the lines have now been reported to be:
Dupuis - Crosby - Fedotenko
Sykora - Malkin - Cooke
Sykora - Malkin - Cooke
In other news, Michael Therrien is madly in love with Pascal Dupuis and is expected to propose to him any day now - for now, he proposes he'll start on the top line with Sid! Why else would he continue to put him on that line?! I can't think of any other good reason since Dupuis is definitely not a top-line-calibur player! Anyone else have any thoughts? Actually, this isn't set in stone just yet because, according to Dan Potash last night on Sportsbeat, Dupuis left halfway through yesterday's practice.
Talbot did not practice yesterday and will likely be out of tonight's lineup, but his status is still unknown.
Gill has been participating in full practices the past couple of days and it looks like he may return to the lineup; still has yet to be confirmed.