Add Blake Comeau to the long list of injuries in Pittsburgh.
Penguins’ coach Mike Johnston confirmed the forward will be out several weeks with an upper body injury.
According to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Comeau’s injury is believed to be a wrist injury.
The Penguins are already without the services of Brandon Sutter, Steve Downie and goaltender Thomas Greiss who have mumps-like symptoms.
Additionally, Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Olli Maatta (shoulder) and Christian Ehrhoff (lower body) – just to name a few – are already on injured reserve.
Comeau has 11 goals and 19 points in 32 games this season.
Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Beau Bennett, Patric Hornqvist and now, Olli Maatta.
That’s the updated list (at the time of writing, anyway) of injured Penguins that’ll miss tonight’s tilt against the Rangers at MSG — Maatta was the latest to go down, as he stayed behind in Pittsburgh for evaluation on an injury suffered Saturday against Ottawa.
With Maatta out, Robert Bortuzzo will draw back in for the first time since serving a two-game suspension following a high hit on New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr.
As you can see, Pittsburgh’s really hurting at the moment (though it’s yet to really affect the standings, as the Pens remain tops in the East and have won five of seven.)
What’s more, the upcoming schedule is favorable. After Monday’s game, the Pens don’t play again until Friday at home against Calgary; while the Flames game is followed by a back-to-back (Saturday in Columbus), the Pens head back to Conosl after the Blue Jackets tilt for three straight home dates against the Lightning, Avs and Panthers.
It appears the Pittsburgh Penguins won’t know much more about the status of forward Patric Hornqvist until Saturday.
Hornqvist, 27, left Thursday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after being on the receiving end of an open-ice hit, helmet to helmet when they came together, from defenseman Ryan Stanton. There was no call on the play and Hornqvist did not practice on Friday, according to the club.
“He’s still being evaluated,” said Penguins’ head coach Mike Johnston, as per the club’s website. “We’ll find out how he is (Saturday) morning after they do more evaluations on him.
“Standard protocol is to check every area. He’s seeing our doctors, doing his baseline test and they’ll determine where he’s at.”
This comes with the Penguins already dealing with a multitude of injuries and illness: Chris Kunitz (foot), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Beau Bennett (lower body), Scott Wilson (leg) and Kris Letang (groin).
This injury to Hornqvist, who is producing at a point-per-game clip, has forced the Penguins recalled forward Bryan Rust from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have another injury on amongst their wingers.
Patric Hornqvist collided helmet-to-helmet with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton on Thursday night midway through the second period and did not return.
Here’s another look:
There was no penalty called on the play.
Hornqvist has 11 goals and 25 points through 25 games this season.
Pittsburgh is already without Chris Kunitz (foot), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and Beau Bennett (lower body). Defenseman Kris Letang (groin) is also on injured reserve.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have squeezed out a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night thanks to a third period goal from Evgeni Malkin, but they’ll have to get used to life without two key pieces of their team.
Defenseman Kris Letang (groin) has been placed on injured reserve.
Letang has four goals and 18 points in 22 games this season while averaging over 25 minutes in ice time a night.
Meanwhile forward Chris Kunitz was a late scratch Tuesday due to a foot fracture.
According to coach Mike Johnston, Kunitz could miss two weeks.
“They decided to take a closer look at his foot, which has been bugging him,” Johnston said. “I don’t have a specific timeline for that right now. They don’t expect it will be long. He’ll be out for a couple weeks I would think.”
Kunitz has nine goals and 20 points in 23 games this season.
Rookie Scott Wilson replaced Kunitz in the lineup Tuesday night, but played a team-low 4:21 after suffering a leg injury in the second period.
“We’re going to take a closer look at it in the next 24 hours,” Johnston said of Wilson. “They’re going to examine him and see what’s wrong.”
Depth on the wing is being tested in Pittsburgh as Kunitz’s injury is in addition to Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and Beau Bennett (lower body).