Will the Pittsburgh Penguins Current Injury Issues Impact Their Playoff Run?

December 30th, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
Pittsburgh Penguins fans: It's time to panic.

Over the past month, the Penguins have returned to their usual position as one of the most injury-ridden teams in the NHL. With five players now diagnosed with mumps (per Jimmy Hascup of USA Today) and a long list of other ailments from blood clots to wrist and foot problems, the Pens are on a season-worst four-game winless streak and, once again, could be setting themselves up for trouble in the playoffs.

With 10 regular skaters out of the lineup as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils on Monday night (per TSN), the Pens have now lost 108 man-games to injury this season, according the website Man Games Lost. Only the Anaheim Ducks have been hit harder.

It's sadly familiar territory for the Penguins, who have suffered more than their fair share of misfortune since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. Here's how they've ranked among NHL teams over the past five regular seasons:

Season Games Lost Rank in NHL Most Notable Injuries Playoff Result 2013-14 429 1st • Kris Letang (played 37 games)
• Paul Martin (played 39 games)
• Pascal Dupuis (playe ...

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