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Matheson Out For Penguins Opener, Day To Day

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Matheson

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson will miss Tuesday’s season opener against the Lightning in Tampa, coach Mike Sullivan announced. Sullivan said Matheson’s “status is day to day.”

Matheson left Friday’s practice early with what Sullivan called a nagging lower-body injury, one that Sullivan said was not believed to be serious. This is apparently the same thing that will sideline him for at least one game. He practiced Saturday.

Tuesday, Matheson was on the ice for the morning skate and took line rushes with his regular defense partner, John Marino.

There is only one extra defenseman on the roster, Mark Friedman, who is a right-handed shooter. Matheson is a left-handed shooter.

Matheson, in his first season with the Penguins last season and proved a nice addition. He had five goals, 16 points in 44 games.

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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German Pens Fan
German Pens Fan
12 days ago

Jikes…
Without any doubt, Pens will be number one at man games lost.

M O
M O
12 days ago

Matheson is a left shot.
Friedman is a right shot.

Steve
Steve
12 days ago

Hopefully he is back for Thursday’s game with the Panthers. I am looking forward to some stories about that trade a year later and how Hornqvist is doing in Florida.

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