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Penguins’ Rust Remains Out; P.O Joseph Update



PIttsburgh Penguins, Bryan Rust

The Pittsburgh Penguins lineup will remain without Bryan Rust.

Coach Mike Sullivan updated the Penguins’ injuries before their Saturday game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paint Arena. Rust, who skated Thursday before the team departed for Buffalo, will miss his third straight game and is day-to-day.

Defenseman P.O Joseph also remains out and on injured reserve.

Sullivan said Joseph has not suffered a setback, but the player is no longer skating before practice. The Penguins defenseman was set to play against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 18. However, it seems the player pulled himself out of the lineup.

“We had intentions of putting P.O in the lineup tonight (Nov. 18),” Sullivan said. “He’s been dealing with a lower-body injury here for a little bit and doesn’t feel comfortable at this point going into the lineup and being effective.”

The Penguins have lost three in a row and four of five since their five-game winning streak that began at the start of their West Coast road trip in early November. The Penguins squandered a two-goal third period lead against the Buffalo Sabres Friday and lost 3-2. They are five points out of a playoff spot.