Once again, it appears as though injuries are making life difficult for both Beau Bennett and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The oft-injured young forward won’t play against the New York Rangers in Game 3 thanks to an upper-body issue. It’s not immediately clear what caused Bennett’s most recent ailment.
The 23-year-old hasn’t had a point in his last four games, including Pittsburgh’s first two playoff contests. He only managed to play in 49 regular season contests in 2014-15, which still marks a career-high for the 20th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Scott Wilson will slide into Bennett’s spot on a line with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie.
It’s unclear which Pittsburgh Penguins players will be healthy enough to play against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, but it seems safe to say that it was necessary for the team to call up Derrick Pouliot and Taylor Chorney.
While skipping out on a morning skate doesn’t guarantee an absence from that evening’s game, it’s still stunning to observe the players who weren’t present: Christian Ehrhoff, Paul Martin, Beau Bennett, Robert Bortuzzo, Olli Maatta, Zach Sill and Scott Wilson.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe hits the nail on the head: good luck predicting the Penguins’ lineup for tonight.
Update: The latest word is that Ehrhoff will miss at least three games while Martin is out for sure tonight, among other omissions. Craig Adams’ iron man streak also appears to be at an end.
The upside is that the Penguins get an early look at Pouliot (pictured).
The 20-year-old generated an impressive 20 points in 23 games so far in the AHL, and with the pedigree that comes with being the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, there’s reason to be intrigued by what he can do (even at such an early point in his career).
At this point, the Penguins might have to hope that “hearty immune system” is on his scouting report, though.
At least it’s providing a venue for some humor, though, eh?
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).