Thursday, December 28, 2017
Penguins to Suffer Through More Injuries
The Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff updated a number of players on their injury status, ahead of this weekend's action, where they play in Carolina on Friday night and then Saturday in Detroit and they could be significantly shorthanded.
Most notably included in this list was starting goalie Matt Murray, who is being considered as day-to-day with a upper-body injury and it sounds like he has already been ruled out of Friday's game and consideration for Sunday's game is still up in the air. There is lots of concern for Murray moving forward, as he has been injured a lot in his short time in the NHL, does he get inclusion on the Injury Prone List soon?
The other injury of note is forward Bryan Rust, who is now listed as out for a "longer-term," which we'll consider as indefinitely, with an upper-body injury. This loss will certainly challenge the depth of the Penguins, especially since Rust has been one of those guys moving up and down the roster, playing in the top six and in some of those grinding roles all year.
Then it becomes a tale of two hockey pool teams, Stacey M. and Mike, separated by five spots (11th & 16th) and only 10 points. Stacey loses her best goalie, while Mike loses a Waiver Draft pickup, who has been just okay. Now, Murray isn't thought to be out for too long, while Rust could be out a while, by the sound of things, but neither seem to be very concrete. I don't think I would want to be the one losing the goalie, especially if they find the injury to be more serious than day-to-day.