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Orpik (concussion) skates; Thornton hearing set for today


James OBrien

A good sign in Pittsburgh -- Brooks Orpik (concussion) skated this morning with other injured Penguins (Rob Scuderi and Tanner Glass) prior to the rest of their teammates’ game-day skate ahead of tonight’s contest with New Jersey.

Orpik won’t play versus the Devils, and there’s no timetable for his return. But today was a step forward in his recovery nonetheless.

Meanwhile, Boston’s Shawn Thornton is set to have his disciplinary hearing later today for injuring Orpik on Saturday.

Related: Crosby predicts 10 games for Thornton