UPDATE: Niskanen is to be out of the Penguins lineup for 2-4 weeks.
In the 2-1 shootout victory of the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Ottawa Senators, defenseman Matt Niskanen did not return to play in the final two periods after suffering an injury late in the first period of that game.
Niskanen was defending against Ottawa forward, Milan Michalek, who tripped Niskanen just before he went hard (knee-first) into the boards. The lower-body injury would appear to have been Niskanen’s knee, but head coach Dan Bylsma would not offer any specifics in his post-game press conference. He did say that he would be evaluated again today in Pittsburgh.
Newly acquired forward, Tanner Glass, also appeared to suffer an injury in the game against the Winnipeg Jets last Friday. Glass appeared to suffer an injury to his left shoulder after sliding hard into the boards. He was a game-time decision yesterday afternoon against the Senators, but ultimately played in the game. That meant that Dustin Jeffrey was once again a healthy scratch for the game against Ottawa. No further information is available on Glass’ injury or whether or not he will be healthy enough to play in tomorrow night’s game against the New York Islanders.
The Penguins have yet to lose any man-games to injury thus far this shortened season.