The injury news that probably should have been expected — Justin Schultz will be out week-to-week.
Coach Sullivan confirms that Justin Schultz will be week-to-week with a lower-body injury. pic.twitter.com/bLQhzlyCBw— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 19, 2019
After a collision on Tuesday night, it looked like Schultz’s knee buckled or hyper-extended or whatever you want to call it, but clearly it wasn’t a good thing. Schultz will join fellow top-four defender Brian Dumoulin on the shelf for a long time.
In a sense though, this Schultz injury is one the Penguins can overcome due to John Marino’s emergence. Kris Letang + Marino takes care of the top-two right shots and Chad Ruhwedel can be used for the third pair.
The left side of the ice though remains an issue with now Jack Johnson, Marcus Pettersson and Juuso Riikola currently on the roster, much weaker than the right side.
Schultz’s hasn’t had the best season but losing him for another extended period will be just one more hurdle to overcome.
Stefan Noesen’s stint in the Pittsburgh organization is over. The winger was claimed off waivers by the San Jose Sharks.
Noesen went scoreless with the NHL Pens after scoring in his very first game.
But, who knows, you can never say never when it comes to waiver claims. If SJ decides to waive Noesen, the Pens may well pick him up again. We saw this last year with J.S. Dea going to the Devils on waivers, getting claimed and Pittsburgh picking him back up. So we’ll see how long Noesen’s time in San Jose goes and how long it may last.
Larmi to Wheeling
Prospect goalie Emil Larmi is going from the AHL to ECHL
Wilkes-Barre is stocked with veterans Casey DeSmith and Dustin Tokarski, so getting game time has been tough for Larmi, who only got into five goals in the AHL so far this season. He should be able to get a little more time down in Wheeling.