Thursday, February 09, 2012

Pens Lose Kennedy to Ankle Injury

The Pittsburgh Penguins remain in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference, but it seems as though the hockey gods are doing all in their power to try and restrict their successes, but they keep powering through.  Another hurdle the team will have to jump is now the injury to forward Tyler Kennedy, who suffered a high ankle injury, which will keep him out of the line-up for upwards of six weeks.

The blow will be cushioned by the impending return of Jordan Staal on Saturday, but Kennedy's injury will be somewhat significant, as there is one less scoring winger for their centres to play with.

Kennedy hasn't exactly been lighting up the league this season, but he has produced at a reasonable rate.  In 42 games this season, the winger has 6 goals and 16 assists with the Penguins and the 11 games that he did miss came earlier in the year, when he suffered a concussion.  Six weeks will be a pretty big blow to the rest of his season, given that there is only eight and a half weeks left, but he should be rested for a playoff run, assuming that the team stays in the race.

ImplicationsThis injury will impact the race for the top 10, as Ryan M. loses a player that was supposed to help him make a pretty good push, but that doesn't appear it will happen. Ryan now sits in 13th place, 22 points out, a man down and his team was not improved at the waiver draft.

If there are any teams in the sheet pool that have Kennedy, it may be wise to trade him away, assuming you haven't used up all seven of your trades.

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