Maatta underwent surgery on his hand Friday and is expected to miss at least six weeks. Maatta left Thursday's game after just 7:38 of ice time after absorbing a big hit. The 22-year-old has not offered much in terms of production this season -- just seven points in 54 outings -- but his absence will certainly be felt in the defensive third. With the Finn sidelined and Justin Schultz (undisclosed) also dealing with an injury, the Pens called up a pair of blueliners from the minors -- Cameron Gaunce and Steve Oleksy -- who will compete with Chad Ruhwedel for the chance to crack the game-day lineup. While no announcement has been yet, the Pens will almost certainly designate Maatta for injured reserve.
Maatta left Thursday's game with an undisclosed injury, Pens Inside Scoop reports. The 22-year-old hasn't been much of an offensive producer, with seven points in 53 games, but his 70 hits have been a redeeming factor in leagues that take them into account. His injury status is murky, but Pittsburgh hits the ice again on Friday, so an update will come before then.
Maatta snapped a 62-game goalless streak dating back to 2015-16, scoring his first goal of the season Wednesday against Montreal. He's part of a top defensive pairing with Trevor Daley while Kris Letang (lower body) is sidelined. Maatta has only six points in 45 games, but four of those have come in the last seven. His early-season struggles are finally in the distant past.
Maatta tallied his second assist in as many games Sunday against the Lightning. He has only four assists in 37 games but is playing his best hockey of 2016-17. Maatta saw 50 seconds of power-play time against Tampa Bay, a bump over his season average of a nominal nine seconds. The 22-year-old may be a worth a waiver-wire look as he's finally healthy and contributing.
Maatta (illness) has shaken off the flu bug and will be back in the lineup against the Canadiens on Saturday. Maatta missed a pair of outings with this ailment, but is healthy enough to slot back in. Despite recording a paltry two helpers in 35 contests this season, the 22-year-old continues to average 18:27 of ice time per night, including 2:25 on the penalty kill. With Maatta ready to go, David Warsofsky or Steven Oleksy will most likely be a healthy scratch versus Montreal.
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