Friedman (upper body) will not be available for Sunday's game against the Rangers. Friedman has now missed the last two games with his upper-body issue. The blueliner scored a point in each of his first two games since joining the Penguins and should be back in the lineup once he's healthy. His next chance to play will be Tuesday against the Rangers.
Head coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday that Friedman (upper body) is considered day-to-day. Friedman sat out Friday's practice and was unable to play in Saturday's win over the Flyers. The 25-year-old was impressive in his first two games for the Penguins, recording a goal and an assist, and he could be back in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Rangers.
Friedman continues to be evaluated for an upper-body injury after missing Friday's practice session, Pens Inside Scoop reports. Since joining the Penguins, Friedman has racked up one goal on one shot, one assist and four hits while averaging just 7:40 of ice time. Even once healthy, Friendman could find himself watching from the press box once Brian Dumoulin (lower body) is cleared to play.
Friedman (upper body) was injured during the second period of Thursday's game versus the Flyers. Friedman took a hard hit from Flyers forward Nolan Patrick and the former immediately went to the locker room. The 25-year-old Friedman did not return at the start of the third period, so the Penguins will likely have to finish the game with five defensemen. Should he miss Saturday's rematch with the Flyers, Pierre-Olivier Joseph would most likely re-enter the lineup.
The Penguins claimed Friedman off waivers Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Pittsburgh's blue-line corps is still a bit banged up, so Friedman will offer some solid veteran depth on the back end. He's picked up one helper in 11 NHL appearances over the past three campaigns.
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