Jeff Hathhorn

Dumoulin Goes Through Full Practice Ahead Of First Playoff Game

Also practicing full is forward Zach Aston-Reese, who has missed nearly a month.

April 08, 2019 - 12:22 pm

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CRANBERRY TWP, PA (93.7 the Fan) – Out since the March 31st game with Carolina, where he suffered a lower-body injury, defenseman Brian Dumoulin was back at a full Pens practice Monday morning.

“It was a good practice,” Dumoulin said.  “Been skating the last couple of days, good to skate again.  Just taking it day-by-day right now, but it’s good to go through a full practice and get ready for playoff mode.”

Head coach Mike Sullivan would only say that Dumoulin and forward Zach Aston-Reese went through a full practice and their status remains day-to-day.

“I don’t want anything to happen where I would get a setback.  I just want to take it day-by-day.  Obviously, I hope and I want to play Wednesday.  If that is not the case, it’s not the case.  I just want to take as many steps in the right direction.”

Dumoulin is usually paired with All-Star Kris Letang and had career-highs with 23 points and a plus 31 in plus/minus, which was fifth best in the NHL.

Aston-Reese has missed nearly a month with what he called an unfortunate injury. 

“Good to be back with the guys skating finally,” Aston-Reese said.  “I’m not sure (of playing Wednesday), will see in the morning.  It’s good to be back, it’s been a little unlucky with injuries the second half of the year for me.  I’m just focusing on getting healthy and staying healthy.”

Neither of the two players returning to full practice worked in a usual line rush and were on extra pairings and lines.   Pens open the post-season Wednesday night at Long Island.​

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