Pittsburgh Penguins center Teddy Bleuger will be out of the Penguins lineup for six to eight weeks, putting his return in early to mid-March. Midway through the first period of the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets, Blueger was injured by a check from Winnipeg defenseman Brenden Dillon. The 6-foot-4 Dillon’s shoulder made direct contact with Blueger’s jaw as Dillon finished his check on the end wall.
On Monday, the Penguins announced Blueger underwent successful jaw surgery.
Officials did not call a penalty. Blueger was one of four Penguins forwards injured in the first period against Winnipeg, but the only one who did not return.
“It was a hit to the head,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan asserted on Sunday.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Brandon Humberger of UPMC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Blueger is the fourth Pittsburgh Penguins player on IR. Louis Domingue was seen with a walking boot or cast on Sunday. Jason Zucker re-injured the same lower-body ailment which has derailed his Penguins season. And Drew O’Connor is also on IR.