It appears the injury bug is back. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz left the game Tuesday against the Calgary Flames with an apparent lower body injury. The injury happened just 90 seconds into the game after Schultz collided with a Calgary forward and immediately went to the bench. After missing a shift, Schultz skated during the TV break under the supervision of athletic Trainer Chris Stewart.
After two short laps in the Penguins defending zone, Schultz shook his head and headed down the runway to the locker room. He did not return for the second period.
The Schultz injury and the assumption he will be out against Calgary required the Penguins to play with just five defensemen for the rest of the game. The Penguins defense corp has received numerous knocks throughout this season with significant pieces missing time. Brian Dumoulin is currently on the IR after ankle surgery and Kris Letang has also missed time.
Justin Schultz found himself on the IR early this season after suffering an injury on Nov. 21 in practice. He returned two weeks ago on Dec. 6 and has yet to tally a point in his return. The 29-year-old defenseman has two goals, six assists, and is a minus-five so far during the 2019-20 campaign.
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