Pittsburgh Penguins Attempt To “Defy Ordinary” By Battling Injury Bug

November 18th, 2009 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
It's injury season in the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins have caught the bug.

At the start of the season, the team was without Game Seven hero Max Talbot and injuries have slowly trickled down to forwards Kennedy, Malkin and Kunitz. Fortunately, Malkin has returned to the lineup.

The blue line is a completely different and more serious story. The Penguins would start the season with a solid blue line that included the following pairings:  Gonchar - Orpik, Letang - Eaton, McKee - Goligoski. 

Each line held a deadly offensive defenseman paired with a shutdown man.

At the end of the pre-season, General Manager Ray Shero randomly signed Martin Skoula from Minnesota who would pick up a Penguins uniform to essentially cool his heels in the pressbox. Then it got interesting.

Gonchar went down with a broken wrist, out for two to four weeks. Letang then drops with a shoulder contusion, out for two weeks.

Since Malkin was out at the time, all I could think was "goodbye, already lacklustre power-play."

Then Orpik gets a lower body injury, out for two weeks. Goligoski follows suit, out two to three weeks wit ...

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