LOS ANGELES — The Pittsburgh Penguins figure to be without goalie Tristan Jarry Thursday when they face the LA Kings.
Jarry suffered at least a facial injury late in the second period of the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Jarry’s reaction and seeming disorientation might indicate the injury more than a facial cut. Jarry was absent from Penguins practice Wednesday afternoon at Crypto.com Arena.
The Penguins goalie won his fourth game of the season because the Penguins’ 1-0 lead when he exited the game held up. Jarry is in the first season of a new five-year contract that carries an average annual value of $5.375 million.
This season, he’s 4-5-0 with a .907 save percentage and 2.51 GAA.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now will update the story after practice when coach Mike Sullivan addresses the media.
UPDATE: The Penguins were waiting on the news Wednesday regarding Jarry’s status, which Sullivan said was still undetermined. The coach clarified that the puck made direct contact with Jarry’s face, not the mask.
Pending the result of exams on Wednesday, the Penguins must call-up a goalie for their game on Thursday. However, one can be recalled on an emergency basis and not count against the salary cap.
Joel Blomqvist, Garrett Sparks, and Taylor Gauthier are the three goalies with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Blomqvist has been the primary starter, while Sparks has 40 games of NHL experience.
For his part, Hellberg seems excited if his number has called. He said he’s been working with goalie coach Andy Chiodio on small things, such as moving post-to-post and the reverse RVH.