Another Injury Edition Of Pens News & Notes
The Tribune-Review reported today that Penguin defenseman Ben Lovejoy will now be out indefinitely with a broken wrist.
Recent callup Alexandre Picard will make his first start as a Pittsburgh Penguin this weekend as the Penguins close out their short west coast trip against the Los Angeles Kings.
Being accustomed to watching your team fall victim to injury after injury isn’t something that anyone should get used to, but the fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins are used to this song and dance by now.
To tally, we’ve now seen Tyler Kennedy, Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik, and Ben Lovejoy all fall victim to the bug at one point or another this year.
Speaking interesting injury news, media is buzzing about the upcoming 11/11/11 date against Dallas next week as the pinpoint date that Sidney Crosby might return.
We’ve yet to hear anything concrete about that date, but it certainly couldn’t come fast enough for the Penguins. Although the defense is battered and bruised, six straight days off will give Crosby a chance to take some serious contact heading into the end of the month.
- You have to believe that Steve Sullivan is going to break open the drought shortly. Sullivan has done everything but score so far this season. He’s setting up plays, driving to the net, doing everything correctly, but the puck hasn’t gone in. Once that first puck crosses the line for Sullivan, we might see him go on quite a tear.
- Just call Kris Letang the 30 minute man. Another 34 minute time on ice performance against the Sharks last night. The Penguins played most of the game with 5 defensemen, but how long can Letang realistically maintain this pace?
- Our friends at Pensburgh this morning mentioned the rumor that Mark Letestu is on the trading block. Not a bad move for several reasons. To start, Letestu has been as noticeable on the ice as he has been in the press box, not the strongest of starts for him. Also, with the return of Crosby purportedly coming soon, room has to be made amongst the forwards. Letestu has to pass through waivers if he is sent down. If Ray Shero can wrangle a pick for Letestu now, it might be worth the trade.
- The more Evgeni Malkin plays, the more he looks dominant. Here’s hoping that Geno can return to form as quickly as possible.
- The San Jose Sharks are one of the more physical teams in the NHL. That game last night, despite the loss, was a really great thing to watch. How about Ryan Clowe? Fights with Engelland and then scores a scorcher in the shootout to give the Sharks the win. Quite the two-way player, no?
- Marc-Andre Fleury, despite a questionable first goal against from Marleau, was stellar in net again last night, giving the Penguins an opportunity to get that extra point.