Guentzel (concussion) joined teammates on the ice Sunday, but sported a non-contact jersey while doing so, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. It's pretty safe to assume his non-contact jersey rules him out for Sunday's contest as he recovers from a concussion, but he's making progress. Once he sheds the non-contact uniform and is cleared to go, the winger could be safely utilized in both season-long and daily formats, with Wednesday against Chicago appearing to be the earliest return date at this point.
Guentzel (concussion) missed the Penguins' game-day practice Thursday, effectively ruling him out versus Ottawa, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. After leaving Tuesday's matchup due to a questionable hit from Buffalo's Rasmus Ristolainen, Guentzel should probably be considered doubtful Friday's contest as well. Prior to getting hurt, the winger had racked up 10 points in his last nine games while playing alongside Sidney Crosby. With concussions notoriously difficult to pin down, it's unclear how long the 22-year-old might be sidelined.
Guentzel was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Sabres and diagnosed with a concussion. Guentzel was hit by Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen on a play near the blue line and well away from the puck, so it's likely the Buffalo rearguard gets a call from the league office on this one. It's currently uncertain who will take Guentzel's place on the Penguins' top scoring line with Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary.
Guentzel tallied three assists Sunday against the Panthers. He set up each of Sidney Crosby's three goals with primary assists. Despite standing 5-foot-10, Guentzel has shown a propensity for doing the dirty corner work in a fearless manner. Provided he can stay healthy, the rookie has a strong fantasy future ahead of him. Following Sunday's three-point showing, the 22-year-old has 11 goals and 25 points in 34 games. He has only one power-play point, but the team is pretty well stacked on the man advantage.
Guentzel collected a pair of assists in Monday's shootout loss to Calgary. He's skating primarily with Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary at even strength on a line that continues to pay dividends. Not only has Guentzel scored four goals and nine points in his last nine games, but the rookie has also logged more time in his last two tilts than in his first 29. Of course, Pittsburgh's forwards have been decimated by injury in recent weeks, leading to the increased action, but Guentzel is proving he can handle whatever opportunity is thrown his way. His future is bright.
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