That insidious injury bug that first chewed upon half of the Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen, then wiped out four of the Penguins’ top nine forwards, turned toward the Penguins goalie on Monday as starting goalie Tristan Jarry left the game after the first period with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
On Wedensday, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Jarry is day-to-day with the injury but remained off the ice.
The injury seemed to catch teammates and even Sullivan off guard on Monday:
“(I) can’t even really pinpoint when it might have happened. Obviously, it was something the medical staff felt strongly enough about to take him out of the game,” Sullivan said after the Penguins 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Monday.
Jarry has overcome a rocky start to the NHL season. His record is 15-8-2 with a .910 save percentage and 2.79 GAA. Those numbers have been steadily improving since the first week of the season when his save percentage was close to .750.
Jarry was tied for the most wins in the NHL since Feb. 14, too.
Casey DeSmith, 29, played the final two periods on Monday.
“The two have been seamless regardless of who is playing. For us (defensemen), it really hasn’t been much of a difference at all,” Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson said. “I think both guys have been doing a great job playing the puck, taking the angle away, and not giving up any big rebounds for us to worry about. I think they’ve both been playing great..”
If Tristan Jarry does miss time beginning Thursday in Boston, DeSmith has been on his crease this season. He’s 8-3-0 with two shutouts, a .929 save percentage, and a 1.91 GAA.
“I’m not sure what (Jarry’s) deal is, or how long he’ll be out…,” Matheson said. “Regardless of who’s in, we feel great about it.”
Maxime Lagace, who was signed to be the Penguins third goalie, participated in practice on Wednesday, per PHN reporter Shelly Anderson. Emil Larmi served as the emergency backup on Monday and will likely stick around to be the Penguins third goalie.
Get Shelly’s practice report with Teddy Blueger’s and Brandon Tanev’s return here.
Lagace, 28, has 17 games of NHL experience split over two seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights. In six games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season, Lagace has a .920 save percentage, a 1.98 GAA but only a 3-2-1 record.