They’ll have to wait on a reprieve. Even though Pittsburgh has claimed at least a point in five of seven games (4-2-1) to open up a five-point lead over second-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division, key players continue to sustain injuries.
The latest Penguin to go down is steady blueliner Paul Martin, who apparently suffered a lower-body injury in Monday’s game at Boston. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Rob Rossi, Martin will miss Wednesday’s matchup against Toronto at Consol Energy Center, even though he played more than 25 minutes Monday night.
Bottom-six forward Tanner Glass didn’t dress against the Bruins, as he left Saturday’s game in Montreal after blocking multiple shots. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma revealed he will be out for several weeks with a broken left hand.
Building on that theme, Beau Bennett has been scratched for two straight games with an upper-body injury, and the Penguins today released that the soon-to-be-22-year-old will be out for at least two months with a broken left wrist/hand. Bennett had just gotten the promotion to Sidney Crosby‘s line last week, but he left Friday’s game against the Islanders and did not return.
In other off-day news, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Penguins beat reporter Shelly Anderson tweeted that winger Matt D’Agostini was placed on waivers. D’Agostini, 27, signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh this summer, but he’s played in just eight games while battling injuries and ineffectiveness. He could be kept with the Penguins or sent to the AHL if he clears waivers.
Also, forward Brian Gibbons was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today. The 25-year-old scored two points in his first NHL game last Monday, but was held off the scoresheet in his next four contests. Recent call-ups Zach Sill and Andrew Ebbett remain with the team.