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Old 02-07-2008, 10:36 AM   #533
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Penguins' Crosby, Roberts skate at practice
By The Tribune-Review
Thursday, February 7, 2008

Captain Sidney Crosby and left wing Gary Roberts each skated Wednesday prior to the Penguins' practice at Mellon Arena.

Crosby has not played since Jan. 18, when he was lost for six to eight weeks with a high right ankle sprain. Crosby has skated lightly the past few days. Team officials stressed there is no updated prognosis for Crosby's return.

Roberts has not played since Dec. 29 due to a broken left leg. Although no timetable has been made official, the Penguins are optimistic Roberts could return by the end of February.

Coach Michel Therrien said center Kris Beech will play tonight against the New York Islanders at Mellon Arena.

Beech has not played since he was claimed off waivers Jan. 26. Beech had not practiced for 10 days prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh last Thursday.

Kennedy update

Forward Tyler Kennedy participated in a full practice for the first time since he was diagnosed with mononucleosis on Jan. 23.

Kennedy is not expected to play tonight.
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