The Pittsburgh Penguins could have Chris Kunitz in their lineup Sunday in a rematch against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Penguins were outmatched on Saturday, as they were shutout 4-0 by their Pennsylvania rivals, the Flyers. Kunitz was a late scratch for this game with a lower-body injury.
According to Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, Kunitz is currently day-to-day, however he could play Sunday, as per the club’s Twitter account. The injuries are beginning to mount for the Penguins, with Kunitz being the latest case. James Neal (concussion) and Paul Martin (hand) also were out of the lineup for Pittsburgh.
“It’s something we’ve been dealing with all year and we’ve found ways,” said Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, as per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“Now is definitely not the time to make excuses. We didn’t all year, and we’re definitely not going to start now.”
Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.
“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.
“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”
Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.
Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.
Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.
Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.
“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”
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