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Matheson Leaves Practice After Colliding With Teammate

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Defenseman Mike Matheson left Pittsburgh Penguins practice Monday after colliding with a teammate during a drill.

He remained on the ice briefly and was attended to by trainer Chris Stewart before skating off the ice on his own and going to the locker room at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

Coach Mike Sullivan said after practice that Matheson was still being evaluated. Matheson just returned Saturday from an unspecified injury that had kept him out since Game 2.

He has been among a long list of Penguins defensemen who have been injured this season and, in his first season with the team, has said he is starting to feel comfortable.

PHN did not catch which teammate Matheson collided with, although it was a forward. It happened near one of the blue lines.

A little after Matheson left practice, forward Colton Sceviour also left briefly but then returned.

Meanwhile, winger Jared McCann did not practice. He left Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders in the first period because of an unspecified injury. Sullivan said McCann is still being evaluated for a lower-body injury.

McCann has settled into the third line and has two goals, three assists.

Zach Aston-Reese, who appears close to returning after offseason shoulder surgery, replaced McCann at practice on the third line with Teddy Blueger and Bradon Tanev.

Sullivan also said injured defenseman Marcuss Pettersson skated with the taxi squad Monday, meaning he is getting closer to returning. None of the others who have missed multiple games are skating yet.

 

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Shelly is the newest 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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