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Penguins Injury Updates: Guentzel Out Week-to-Week, Rust Not Yet Skating

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Well, that’s just the Pittsburgh Penguins luck. Scorching hot winger Jake Guentzel, who is on a 13-game scoring streak and filling the net, will be out for some time.

Guentzel blocked a shot with his hand later in the first period on Monday night against the Seattle Kraken. He left the game briefly but returned to score two goals in the Penguins 6-1 win over the Kraken.

However, Guentzel was absent from practice on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Guentzel would be out week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Sullivan did not specify when the injury was suffered or exactly which “upper-body” part, but the hand or something close would be a good guess.

After a rough October in which Guentzel admitted he needed to do better, he has tortured opposing goalies. Guentzel has a team-leading 15 goals and 27 points in 24 games.

Winger Jason Zucker was also absent from the Pittsburgh Penguins practice. Sullivan termed his absence as a maintenance day. During practice, Drew O’Connor subbed for Zucker on the Penguins second line.

Injured winger Bryan Rust has not yet resumed skating. He remains out week-to-week with a lower-body injury, which is his second such length absence due to an injury this season.

Evgeni Malkin has been skating with the team but in a non-contact jersey. He assisted in a few drills on Wednesday but did not take part in line rushes, but did briefly take part in a couple of special teams drills.

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Jay95
Jay95(@jay95)
1 month ago

Jake’s one of the more resilient players in hockey. If he’s out then there’s probably something broken in that hand area. I could see him playing with it if it were a finger, so I’m guessing a fractured bone in the hand that could get worse if taking contact… Usually a 3 week type injury.

Kaps has to get out of his head. Zucker needs to start seeing results from his work. Hopefully Carter’s puck luck translates into a stretch of good games. O’Connor will get more ice time which is awesome. Heinen is always Heinen which is good.

Eric B
Eric B
1 month ago

Yeah real unlucky organization. Lemieux, Crosby, Jagr, Malkin…5 cups…woe is the Penguins.

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
1 month ago

Major loss with Jake out they will loose to Capitals no body will pick up the slack

Jay95
Jay95(@jay95)
1 month ago
Reply to  Chase Ranson

I think they’ll be ok against Washington. I feel like the other guys will really and step up. Over a couple of weeks I think it will be hard to continue that though. Hopefully Rust hits the ice soon.

Lisa Nath
Lisa Nath(@lisanath)
1 month ago

Ugh poor Jake … how much bad luck can the pens have 🙁

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David
David
1 month ago

If the Rust injury is a reoccurrence of the one he had earlier this season, that is on the training staff.

David
David
1 month ago

Seems like this is 3 or 4 years in a row that the Pens lead the league in injuries. At some point, is there a cause other than, “bad luck?”

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