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(UPDATED) Jan Rutta Late Scratch, Listed ‘Day to Day’



Pittsburgh Penguins, Jan Rutta

The Pittsburgh Penguins defense got one back but lost another Monday night, as Marcus Pettersson returned to the lineup after missing a couple of games due to illness, but right-side defenseman Jan Rutta was a late scratch.

Mike Sullivan said after the Penguins’ 4-3 overtime victory against Anaheim that Rutta has an “upper-body” injury and is considered “day-to-day.”

He did not elaborate.

Rutta took the game-day skate, but has been dealing with a slight injury which required a maintenance day last week. His absence meant the Penguins were without their top three right-side defensemen, including Kris Letang and Jeff Petry.

Petry skated with the team in a non-contact jersey Monday, and Sullivan said Letang would re-join the team “within a day or so.”

Mark Friedman took Rutta’s spot in the lineup and was paired with Pettersson.

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