Mar 16, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen (2) in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Update: Cowen, Penguins, Vanek, and Smith

The biggest injury news today seems to be out of Ottawa where Jared Cowen participated in practice today. According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Cowen skated on his own for the last 4 or 5 days so he suggested Cowen join the group. Murray also said that this does not mean he is close to a return, he may return in late April but it is still unclear. had a report on the Pittsburgh Penguins injured. Evgeni Malkin is apparently very close to returning to the line up which is good news for the Penguins. Bad news for the Penguins is that Kris Letang has a broken toe and Marc-Andre Fleury, who left last night’s game in the third period, has been complaining of a sore neck. Letang has been placed on IR. reported on a couple of injuries as well. Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres has an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated today to see if he will be missing any games. Also the Phoenix Coyotes have placed Mike Smith on IR with an upper body injury. Smith has not played since getting hit by Alexander Edler in the Coyotes game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Evgeni Malkin Injuries Jared Cowen Kris Letang Marc Andre Fleury Mike Smith Ottawa Senators Phoenix Coyotes Pittsburgh Penguins Thomas Vanek

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