CRANBERRY — The Pittsburgh Penguins have been relatively unscathed regarding injuries this season. The figurative injury bug, which has in the past chewed on the Penguins like Violet Beauregard on two-week-old bubble gum, had primarily left the Penguins alone in 2022-23 … until the last couple of weeks.
Following Kris Letang’s scary stroke, Jeff Petry didn’t escape an awkward hit behind the net on Saturday against Buffalo, and he landed on LTIR retroactively to Sunday. Wednesday, coach Mike Sullivan reported that LW Jason Zucker would also be out week-to-week.
While Danton Heinen will slot in for Zucker, the Penguins’ blue line faces a more significant problem. With Petry on LTIR, the Penguins’ blue line has a significant hole both at even strength on the power play.