Friday, February 17, 2017

Penguins lose Maatta, who has hand surgery

The Penguins lost two defenseman during last night's 4-3 win over the Jets at PPG Paints Arena--and one of them will be out for a pretty long time.

The club reported that Olli Maatta had successful hand surgery and will miss six weeks. The oft-injured Maatta was injured in the second period after taking a hit from Winnipeg's Adam Lowry.


Maatta had seven points and was a plus-17 for the Pens in 54 games this season. He has already had multiple shoulder surgeries in his brief career, so if there is a bright spot here, it's that it wasn't the shoulder this time.

The Penguins also lost Justin Schultz on Thursday when he was checked from behind into the glass by Dustin Byfuglien. Schultz left the game immediately and did not return.

Cameron Gaunce and Steve Oleksy have been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to replace the two defenseman, according to Puck Daddy.

Maatta is a key penalty killer for the Penguins, who logs 2:21 of shorthanded time on average per game; Schultz is relied on heavily on the power play--he averages 2:29 of ice time with the man advantage per game.