Dumoulin (jaw) has been cleared for Tuesday's matchup with St. Louis, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Dumoulin missed the Pens' previous 10 contests after taking a puck to the jaw against New Jersey on Dec. 27. The 25-year-old will likely retake his spot on Pittsburgh's top pairing where he has logged 19:45 of ice time per game this year. With just seven helpers and zero goals, the blueliner is not exactly an offensive powerhouse, offering more in terms of shut down defense.
Dumoulin (jaw) will join the team for a two-game road trip that kicks off Wednesday against Montreal, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. The fact that Dumoulin, who was in a non-contact jersey at practice Tuesday, is traveling with the team is a big step in the right direction. While it is unlikely the defenseman will be cleared to play given his initial recovery timeline, it seems as though he is ahead of schedule. This is certainly good news for the Pens considering they are missing Kris Letang (lower body).
Dumoulin (jaw) took part in practice Tuesday, albeit in a non-contact jersey, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Dumoulin, who was rocking a full face shield, is just three weeks into the initial 4-to-6 week timeline to return to action. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the defenseman remains on injured reserve and would need to be significantly ahead of schedule to suit up Wednesday or Friday. The next step will likely be ditching the non-contact jersey and seeing how he responds before being cleared.
Dumoulin will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken jaw suffered Tuesday against New Jersey. Dumoulin, who exited the matchup with the Devils after taking a puck to the face, is just the latest Pens blueliner to go down with an injury. Normally a strength for Pittsburgh, the team is suddenly running thin on defensemen. The team has already placed the 25-year-old on long-term injured reserve and should be expected to recall yet another player from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with David Warsofsky the most likely candidate.
Dumoulin was hit in the head with a slap shot and was forced to leave Tuesday's contest. Coach Mike Sullivan didn't have an update on the defenseman's status following Tuesday's game. Dumoulin played just over 22 minutes (22:07) before getting hurt, registering a plus-2 rating.
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