Penguins’ COVID-19 outbreak easing as 2 return to practice

The Pittsburgh Penguins may be nearing the end of a COVID-19 outbreak that’s sent eight players and head coach Mike Sullivan into the NHL’s protocol in recent weeks. Defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson practiced Wednesday and assistant coach Todd Reirden — who is filling in while Sullivan is in the protocol — said both will be game-time decisions Thursday night when Pittsburgh welcomes Florida. The Penguins remain without captain Sidney Crosby, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and Sullivan.