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Penguins lose Michalek for 4-6 weeks

Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 1:37 pm
By: Adam Gretz

Sooner or later all of these injuries for the Penguins have to stop, right? Head coach Dan Bylsma announced on Monday that defenseman Zbynek Michalek will be sidelined between four-to-six weeks due to a broken finger that he suffered while blocking a shot during their 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Michalek signed a five-year, $20 million contract with the Penguins prior to last season and has been a steady presence on their blue line ever since. He's been one of the best shot-blockers in the NHL throughout his career, and along with the addition of Paul Martin, was a big factor in helping the Penguins reduce their goals against average by nearly half a goal per game during the 2010-11 season.

His injury is simply the latest one for a Penguins team that's been dealing with them all season, and it comes just two games after Brooks Orpik, perhaps their best defensive-defenseman, made his season debut last week. Orpik missed the first eight games of the season while he recovered from offseason surgery. The Penguins have also been playing without their captain and best player, Sidney Crosby, as he attempts to return from his concussion, while Evgeni Malkin, their second best player, and Tyler Kennedy have also missed significant time this season with injuries. Kennedy is out indefinitely with a concussion, while Malkin is still day-to-day.

With Michalek sidelined that likely means Ben Lovejoy will have an opportunity to return to the lineup, as he was the odd man out once Orpik made his debut and Kris Letang returned from his recent two-game suspension.

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:23 am

Penguins lose Michalek for 4-6 weeks

This injury isn't a shock to Penguins fans since blocking shots is a major part of his defensive game.  Z isn't afraid to step in front of an opposing players shot.  His minus rating this year is uncharacteristic of his team oriented play.  Besides the fall at the beginning of the Winnipeg game that resulted in a goal, his play hasn't been that bad.  The Penguins dealt with many injuries last year and this year is looking like another year of WBS players being called up to fill the void.  Hopefully, the depth the Penguins have in the system will produce as well as last year.  Lets Go Pens!

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:45 pm

Penguins lose Michalek for 4-6 weeks

WOW!!!! Can the Pens lose any more players?? Matt Niskanen is going to have to step up BIG!!

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:12 pm

Penguins lose Michalek for 4-6 weeks

Fear the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Pens...

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