Penguins Injury Update: Schultz Out, Bjugstad has Surgery
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Penguins Injury Update: Schultz Out, Bjugstad has Surgery



Penguins Injuries Patric Hornqvist and Justin Schultz Pittsburgh Penguins Practice

The Pittsburgh Penguins injury situation has reached almost laughable levels as injuries continue to decimate their lineup. Thursday, the Penguins announced defenseman Justin Schultz out Thursday with a lower body injury which he suffered at practice on Wednesday.

Head coach Mike Sullivan indicated Schultz would be out longer-term with the injury. The injury means the Penguins will be without their top two right-side defensemen and their top two scoring defensemen.

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Top defenseman Kris Letang remains out but has been skating on his own.

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Sullivan also said 6-foot-6 center Nick Bjugstad had surgery Thursday to repair a core muscle injury. He will be out for approximately eight weeks. Bjugstad is the third Penguins player this season to suffer a core muscle injury. Defenseman Zach Trotman, who was recalled Thursday, was the first to miss time with a core muscle injury, otherwise known as a sports hernia. Sidney Crosby has been out for two weeks with a sports hernia and will remain out for at least four more weeks. Now, Bjugstad will miss time.

Pending the severity, core muscle injury recoveries range from four weeks or less to six weeks or more.

Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup Thursday after six games. He suffered a lower body injury against Boston in early November and has not played since.

The Penguins injuries have kept the lineup in pieces. They have played only two periods with their full roster this season.

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  1. Cal

    November 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    These injuries are insane. I cant remember when a team has been hit like this. Its too bad for Schultz but I don’t think the team will miss him as much as many people think in this structured system. If the team can keep pace with the pack until all injuries are back post Christmas, maybe they can make a run for it with a healthy rested roster.

  2. Tom P

    November 22, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I’m sure that plenty of people know much more about hockey than I do, but I’d like to get some thoughts on why the injury bug seems to hit the Penguins seemingly harder than any other team. This was a problem last year, too.

    What is it? Is it style of play? Something deficient in their conditioning program? Poor conditioning work ethic among the players injured? Something else? All of the above? Someone please help me out here.

    If there is a bright side to this, the Penguins were significantly injured in 2017, and they got a Cup that year. Looking back, I think the injuries ended up being a source of strength. It led to us having a deep stable of game-tested talent that made a “next man up” ethic more successful. However, I don’t think we can always count on this.

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