Noel Acciari and Matt Nieto were absent from the Pittsburgh Penguins morning skate Saturday before the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena. Per an X announcement, the team recalled Joona Koppanen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Nieto has recently taken a couple of “maintenance days.”
UPDATED: Coach Mike Sullivan said both Acciari and Nieto are being evaluated for lower body injuries. Neither will play Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena. No further information was available.
Koppanen was signed as a free agent on July 1. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound Finnish forward made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins last season. He played five games and registered one assist.
This season, Koppanen has six points (3-3-6) in 18 games with the WBS Penguins. Acciari has three points (2-1-3) in 22 games centering the fourth line and has been a primary penalty killer. Nieto has four points (1-3-4) in 22 games.
As a result of the absences, the Penguins’ lines were jumbled Saturday morning.