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Penguins Injuries: Sullivan Says Tristan Jarry Out DTD, Tanev Not Ready



Pittsburgh Penguins Tristan Jarry

The Pittsburgh Penguins will not get Brandon Tanev back before their conclusion to the 2020-2021 NHL season on Saturday, but the Penguins may have received worse news regarding goalie Tristan Jarry.

According to head coach Mike Sullivan, Jarry is out day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Jarry finished the game on Thursday night and earned his 25th win this season. He stopped 19 of 23 shots in a wild 8-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Jarry is 25-9-3 with a 2.75 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

Pittsburgh Penguins backup goalie Casey DeSmith is also out day-to-day, so third goalie Maxime Lagace figures to get the call against Buffalo.

Lagace, 28, last played an NHL game in 2018-19 for the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas also pressed him into duty for 16 games in the 2017-18 season. The Penguins third-stringer has spent most of the season on the Penguins taxi squad. He played nine games for the WBS Penguins of the AHL with a 2.30 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage.

However, Sullivan does not appear to be worried about any long-term injuries to either goalie.

“We will have them for the playoffs,” he said.

The Penguins currently lead the Washington Capitals by two points in the East Division, but Washington has two games in hand. While the Penguins finish their season on Saturday, Washington has two games this weekend against the Philadelphia Flyers and one more game against the Boston Bruins.

If the Penguins win on Saturday, they will clinch at least second place and home-ice advantage in Round One. The Penguins announced Friday morning that Penguins playoff tickets would go on sale next Wednesday.  

Tanev again skated as a full participant in the Penguins practice on Friday, but Sullivan did not say he has yet received clearance.

The NHL has not yet announced the start date for the 2020-21 playoffs. The Vancouver Canucks COVID outbreak forced the suspension and delay of their season. Vancouver’s final regular-season game is on May 19.

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Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
1 year ago

NBCSN running promos saying playoffs start May 15 so Sat. a week from today. Expect the Pens to start Sat. or Sun.

James Pierce
James Pierce
1 year ago

Well at some point this show needed a lock down, butt kicking defensive effort to start thinking playoff mode. Le3’t lock it down solid until we fall behind for a couple, or for 2 periods and then unleash the hounds. That first place finish ain’t looking good unless as Filthy took away, they can also give…….

1 year ago

If Vancouver plays until May 19, then I can’t see the NHL starting the playoffs before the 20th. That will give the Penguins 12 days off — the other teams will have almost as many off. Sure wish that Pennsylvania would move up the complete opening for COVID from Memorial Day to the first playoff game for the Pens at home.

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