So much for the Pittsburgh Penguins healthy roster. On Thursday afternoon, both winger Jason Zucker and backup goalie Louis Domingue appeared on IR, according to the official roster sheets on the NHL’s private media site. There has not been an official public release.
Domingue took a shot off the inside of his foot or lower leg during Thursday’s morning skate. He left the ice. After the morning skate, head coach Mike Sullivan did not immediately update. Sullivan said the Penguins third goalie was scheduled to back up Tristan Jarry for the Thursday game against the Ottawa Senators at PPG Paints Arena.
Domingue stopped 40 of 41 shots against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in the Penguins 2-1 OT win, for which the goalie earned rave reviews. Casey DeSmith is on the official roster and will presumably resume his role as the Penguins backup goalie.
Zucker missed the Penguins’ previous seven games with an undisclosed injury before returning to the lineup on Monday in the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
Zucker had a pair of goals, punctuated by a joyous celebration after the first. The Penguins winger has struggled to put up points this season. In 31 games, Zucker has only 13 points (6-7-13).
The Penguins have not put out an official release as of publishing. The pair joins Drew O’Connor on the injured list. O’Connor is out week to week. The Penguins injury bug strikes again.
Update: Following the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators, head coach Mike Sullivan said Jason Zucker was undergoing additional evaluation but was probably out week-to-week with the same injury which kept him out of seven games from mid-December through Mid-January. Sullivan did not have detailed information on Louis Domingue.