The Pittsburgh Penguins activated goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from the Long-Term Injured list Sunday, the first day he was eligible. Nedeljkovic had missed the past 10 games and 24 days after injuring his hand in a collision during the Penguins’ 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Oct. 24.
He will be in goal when the Penguins face Vegas today at 6:08 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena.
Magnus Hellberg, who has served as the Penguins’ backup goalie, appearing in three games, including the start in a 4-3 win over Los Angeles, was returned to the Penguins’ farm team in Wilkes-Barre.
Hellberg relieved Jarry Oct. 28, after Jarry was pulled. He also relieved Jarry on Nov. 7, when Jarry suffered a facial laceration after his mask was dislodged and he was hit by a shot.
Nedeljkovic, 27, made headlines and history Friday night when he scored an empty-net goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. That made him the first goalie in AHL history to score two goals. He also scored one as a member of the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
Nedeljkovic has made two starts (1-1-0) this season. He defeated the Calgary Flames, making 36 saves in a 4-2 win at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 14 before being injured in the loss to Dallas.
When the team placed him on LTIR, president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza.
Saturday, the Penguins placed defenseman P.O Joseph on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury. The move was retroactive to Nov. 5, the day after the 10-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Coincidentally, Hinostroza left the game at Carolina on Saturday with a lower-body injury. His status remains unknown, as Sullivan was unclear of his status.
Also, Penguins prospect Sam Poulin, who had a locker stall in the Pittsburgh Penguins room this week, is with the NHL club to rehab an injury suffered with the WBS Penguins.