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Penguins Olli Maatta Place on IR, ‘Out Indefinitely’



The Pittsburgh Penguins announced defenseman Olli Maatta has been placed on Injured Reserve and will be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Maatta was injured in the first period of the Penguins 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday night.

Maatta, 24, left the game immediately and did not return.

This season, Maatta has 13 points (1g, 12a) in 55 games. He has drawn positive reviews playing the left side with Finnish rookie defenseman Juuso Riikola.

The injury occurred early in the first period when Maatta was checked and fell in the corner. He appeared to jam his shoulder. Maatta had two prior shoulder surgeries. He was healthy all of last season and played in all 82 games.

Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz is set to rejoin the lineup soon. Schultz has been out since suffering a broken leg on Oct. 13. Maatta and Schultz formed a successful pairing in the 2018 playoffs, but the Penguins lost to the Washington Capitals in Round 2.

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