Monday, November 1, 2010

Penguins Banged Up

-The Penguins have been dealing with injuries since the beginning of the season and it is not getting much better. Jordan Staal, who has not played in any games this season because of a foot infection, has been practicing the last few days in an effort to make his season debut in the game against Dallas Wednesday night. At practice today, a puck hit Staal's hand and he instantly knew something was wrong. It turns out that Staal now has a fractured right hand and will undergo surgery tomorrow. This is a big blow to the Penguins as the Selke finalist last season may be out until after Thanksgiving. Evgeni Malkin, who did not play in the 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night, is listed as day-to-day. He did not practice today. Kris Letang is also listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. Letang was absent from practice as well. Alex Goligoski, who is having a good season so far, left practice after fifteen minutes and he is also listed as day-to-day. The only good injury news for the Penguins is that Zybnek Michalek is expected to return Wednesday night after missing about ten games with a shoulder injury. Arron Asham has played in the last three games after missing the first nine with a shoulder injury. The Penguins are showing their depth with a 6-5-1 record while dealing with so many injuries. Mark Letestu, Goligoski, and Letang all have exceeded expectations thus far and the Penguins hope that keeps up to go along with Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

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