7:30 PM

Mellon Arena

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Ryan Whitney returns.

Maybe the Pens can try and convince him to suit up for them, because there’s more bad news on the blue line:

Alex Goligoski is out for 2-3 weeks.

We’re not kidding.
Player, Injury (Date), Time Frame, Current Progress
Maxime Talbot, torn labrum (July 7), 4 to 6 months, practicing (cleared for contact)
Sergei Gonchar, broken left wrist (Oct. 20), 4 to 6 weeks, practicing (cleared for contact)
Evgeni Malkin, shoulder strain (Oct. 29), 2 weeks, returned after missing 7 games
Tyler Kennedy, undisclosed (Nov. 5), day-to-day, no ice participation
Kris Letang, shoulder contusion (Nov. 7), 2 weeks, no ice participation
Brooks Orpik, lower-body (Nov. 10), 2 weeks, no ice participation
Chris Kunitz, lower-body (Nov. 13), 2-3 weeks, no ice participation
Alex Goligoski, lower-body (Nov. 16), 2-3 weeks, no ice participation
That list could be an all-star team.

How is Mark Eaton one of our only healthy defensemen?
After all of the injuries he’s had in the past, he is somehow surviving the onslaught right now.
Of course, now that we’ve said that, something will happen to him.
Nate Guenin has been recalled.
For the Ducks, Saku Koivu and Ryan Carter are both out with injuries.
In completely unrelated news, Jordan Staal lives in Eric Christensen’s house in Pittsburgh.

We don’t even know what to say anymore.
The injury list is just ridiculous right now.
We’re currently missing seven regulars and our top four defensemen.
The cycle of “two-to-three weeks” never seems to end.
At least it’s only November.

“It doesn’t seem to end there. When does the two weeks end? Hopefully some of the guys will continue to progress and maybe by the weekend some of the guys will get some relief soon enough.”

Dan Bylsma

Still too many injuries.
We may have to call some gameday characters up from the minors.

Do it.

Go Pens.