Pittsburgh Penguins: Injuries Starting To Pile Up
Today, the Pens announce that Evgeni Malkin will be out of the lineup for 2 - 3 weeks due to a shoulder strain. Malkin was trying to play through it, but the team decided that it would be best for him to rest it. Afterall, it’s only October (almost November) and we would much rather see him get it back to 100% now than to risk further injury later on in the year.
With this injury the Pens are now facing a slew of injuries recently. Of course, Maxime Talbot will be out for at least another month from off-season shoulder surgery so this was already a hit to the team. Tyler Kennedy missed last nights game with an undisclosed injury and Sergei Gonchar is out 4 - 6 weeks with a fractured wrist.
Today the Pens called up center Mark Letestu and winger Chris Conner from Wilkes-Barre Scranton. Conner had a very strong camp, but just missed out joining the big club for the season. This will give him another chance to show off his skills in the NHL.
This will certainly be an early test on this Penguins team, but I have no doubt that they are capable of continuing to win. It will be nice to get everyone healthy again. With injuries come opportunities for others. Let’s see who will make the most of their opportunity.