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Justin Schultz Out Four Months After Left Leg Surgery



CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – SEPTEMBER 13: Justin Schultz poses for his official headshot for the 2018-2019 season on September 13, 2018 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

PITTSBURGH — Those who saw the Justin Schultz injury Saturday night in Montreal probably won’t be surprised, but the news from the Pittsburgh Penguins is certainly impactful.

The defenseman had surgery Monday to repair a broken lower left leg after he fell awkwardly in the first period, Saturday. He is expected to miss four months, which would get him back in time for the stretch run if all goes well.

Schultz has proven to be one of the team’s steadiest two-way defensemen. He and Kris Letang have been almost interchangeable on the top power-play unit.

It was unclear from practice Monday at PPG Paints Arena what defensive pairings the Penguins have up their sleeve in Schultz’s absence, beyond the top two of Brian Dumoulin and Letang.

The Penguins kept the same forward lines at practice:

Derick Brassard-Sidney Crosby-Jake Guentzel

Carl Hagelin-Evgeni Malkin-Phil Kessel

Bryan Rust-Riley Sheahan-Patric Hornqvist

Dominik Simon-Matt Cullen-Daniel Sprong

Matt Murray and Casey DeSmith were the goalies. Tristan Jarry, who was on emergency recall, was returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and the Penguins recalled center Derek Grant.

The team spent most of practice working on zone entries, defensemen engagement – essentially reinforcing the scheme. More updates to follow.


Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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