The Pittsburgh Penguins injury situation isn’t ideal. Ok, it’s almost bad, but the Penguins got a little better on Saturday night when winger Jason Zucker returned to the lineup after his fourth extended injury absence this season.
Zucker was in the lineup after being a game-time decision for Game 2 but did not play.
However, the Penguins remained without their top-pairing defenseman Brian Dumoulin who did not take warmups and is out of the lineup. Rickard Rakell, who skated with skills coach Ty Hennes on Saturday morning was also out of the lineup.
No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry skated for the first time since suffering a foot injury on April 14. Jarry did not take shots on Saturday morning, but head coach Mike Sullivan said the progress was “significant.”
Mark Friedman again slotted into the lineup in Dumoulin’s absence.
Sullivan slotted Zucker on Jeff Carter’s line with Brock McGinn. With Zucker in the lineup, fourth-liner Drew O’Connor was scratched. Brian Boyle remained in the lineup on the fourth line with Teddy Blueger and Evan Rodrigues.
The Pittsburgh Penguins face the New York Rangers in Game 3 at PPG Paints Arena. Puck drop is at 7:08 p.m. PHN will have full coverage from the arena with Dan Kingerski and Dave Molinari.