Guentzel (shoulder) will join his teammates on the ice as part of Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play. According to coach Mike Sullivan, "Jake is participating in the informal skates this week with other players. His progress is as anticipated and we're very encouraged where he's at," Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports. The team has consistently indicated that Guentzel could be ready for the 24-team postseason and this latest step would seem to indicate everything remains on track. Once given the all-clear, the winger figures to jump back onto the top line with Sidney Crosby, which could reunite the 2017 "Sid and the Kids" line along with Conor Sheary.
Guentzel (shoulder) remains on track in his recovery and could be an option for the Penguins once (if) the season resumes. General manager Jim Rutherford told reporters, "I would expect that, knowing Jake Guentzel, he's going to be ready," Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Guentzel's timeline would have him available in late April to early May. If the league resumes play this season, the winger figures to slot back onto the No. 1 line which would feature Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker. In 41 postseason contests, the 25-year-old has racked up 24 goals and 19 helpers and would provide top-end fantasy value.
Guentzel underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss 4-6 months. Guentzel scored his 20th goal of the season and 200th career point on the play before crashing awkwardly into the boards. The winger was named to his first NHL All-Star Game just hours before Monday's matchup with the Senators and will now be unable to play in the game. With Guentzel out of the lineup, there could be several players who get looks on the top line with Evgeni Malkin, including Dominik Kahun, Alex Galchenyuk or Patric Hornqvist. Given his lengthy absence, Guentzel will no doubt be placed on injured reserve shortly.
Guentzel (upper body) left Monday's game against Ottawa and is being evaluated, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan is hoping to have more information tomorrow but things don't look good for the Penguins' leading scorer. After his goal in the third period, Guentzel took a nasty, head-first spill into the boards but was able to skate off the ice under his own power. The 25-year-old winger has 20 goals and 43 points after his three-point performance Monday.
Guentzel scored a power-play goal on five shots and blocked two shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks. Guentzel put an end to his two-game mini-slump with the lone goal for the Penguins. He's up to 18 goals, 37 points and 114 shots through 36 games. Guentzel will likely end 2019-20 with a similar line to his 40-goal, 76-point campaign from last year, which makes him universally valuable in fantasy.
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