Zucker (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve, Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports. This move comes as no surprise, as coach Mike Sullivan told reporters Zucker is going to be sidelined "longer term" with a lower-body injury Thursday, indicating he's likely facing a multi-week absence at a minimum. With Zucker on the shelf, Zach Aston-Reese and Jared McCann (lower body) could be in line for expanded roles for the foreseeable future.
According to coach Mike Sullivan, Zucker is going to be sidelined "longer term" with a lower-body injury. The Penguins have yet to release a specific timetable for Zucker's recovery, but it sounds like he's likely facing a multi-week absence at a minimum. As such, expect the 29-year-old winger to be placed on injured reserve in the coming days. Zucker's notched four goals and three assists while registering a minus-5 rating in 17 games this campaign.
Zucker (lower body) won't play in Thursday's game versus the Capitals, Chris Adamski of the Tribune-Review reports. Zucker continues to be evaluated after he suffered a potentially serious lower-body injury during Tuesday's win over the Capitals. The 29-year-old has been a staple in the top six this season, scoring four goals and adding three assists across 17 games. Zach Aston-Reese has been practicing on Evgeni Malkin's line in place of Zucker.
Zucker left in the third period of Tuesday's game versus the Capitals with an apparent lower-body injury. Zucker collided awkwardly into the boards after getting his right leg caught up with Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen. The 29-year-old forward required assistance to get back to the bench, and he's not expected to return to Tuesday's game. The Penguins should provide an update at some point before Thursday's rematch against the Capitals.
Zucker tallied a goal and an assist with four shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Islanders. Zucker banged home a Bryan Rust centering pass on the doorstep to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 3-0 midway through the third period. He returned the favor later in the frame, dishing to Rust on a 2-on-0 rush for an empty-net layup. The points halted Zucker's four-game scoring skid, giving him four goals and three assists in 15 contests this season.
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