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Penguins Recall Blandisi (Again), Will Replace Kahun



Pittsburgh Penguins Joseph Blandisi

The Pittsburgh Penguins have again recalled forward Joseph Blandisi from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The team announced the recall late Monday afternoon, a few hours after head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed winger Dominik Kahun suffered a concussion on Sunday afternoon against the Boston Bruins.

It is the seventh time this season the Penguins have recalled Blandisi, who has played 21 NHL games and scored five points (2g, 3a). Earlier this month, Blandisi played his 100th career NHL game, split between Anaheim, New Jersey, and the Penguins.

The Markham, Ontario native is nicknamed “The Blender” for his speedy and tenacious play. With the Penguins, Blandisi has alternated between the wings and center, pending the Penguins needs upon recall.

In the AHL, Blandisi has played 16 games for the WBS Penguins. Blandisi has eight points, including four goals.

The Penguins have already lost 204 man-games to injury, and Kahun’s absence will add to that total. This season, Kahun has 27 points (10g, 17a) in 48 games. He’s been a recent staple with Bryan Rust on Evgeni Malkin’s line.

The Penguins play their final game before the All-Star break and bye week on Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Penguins are 31-13-5 after their comeback win, 4-3 over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in second place in the Metro Division, four points behind the Washington Capitals.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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