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Penguins Injuries Mounting; Brian Dumoulin Out

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – SEPTEMBER 13: Brian Dumoulin poses for his official headshot for the 2018-2019 season on September 13, 2018 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI

It is becoming a dangerous business to be a Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman. On the heels of another Kris Letang injury and the return of Olli Maatta to the lineup, top pairing defenseman Brian Dumoulin is out for the Penguins Tuesday night game in Detroit and is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury according to head coach Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan also declined to offer any prognosis of Dumoulin’s availability should the Penguins make the playoffs which begin on April 10.

Dumoulin has been a rock for the Penguins. In 76 games, he has 23 points (3g, 20a) and is generally regarded as the Penguins premier defensive defenseman. In the last two games, Dumoulin switched to the right side to make room for Maatta in the Penguins lineup. The pairing performed well but Zach Trotman will likely draw into the lineup until Letang is healthy.

Forwards Evgeni Malkin and Zach Aston-Reese are also missing from the lineup due to injury, as is depth defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Sullivan said Malkin is ahead of Letang in his progress.

Both Malkin and Letang skated Tuesday, however, Aston-Reese and Ruhwedel did not skate.

The Penguins magic number is just two points. One win in their last three games would clinch the club’s 12th consecutive playoff berth, or a Montreal loss in regulation would also be the clincher.

 

 

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Eric Bouchard
Eric Bouchard
2 years ago

Pens Dmen are always INjured because of the style they play. THe Pens defence is the one who got Hit the most (and by a mile) in all the NHL teams. Why? The breakouts are one of the factors. On EACH defensive plays they have to pay the price and get hit, Most of the time. They always are vunerable to a hit because its the way they play. None of them can skate that puck out of the Dzone. And the only one that can do it (Letang) cant do it because the strategy for Sully is, take the… Read more »

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