Staal Out 4-6 Weeks; Neal Out "Weeks"
Sunday, 01.08.2012 / 12:40 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan
When it rains it pours. The Penguins received some more bad news on the injury front Sunday.
Center Jordan Staal is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury after he collided knee-on-knee with Rangers forward Mike Rupp Friday night, according to head coach Dan Bylsma. Staal will not need surgery.
|Neal and Staal will both be out of the lineup for weeks.|
Neal was hit by a shot late in the third period Saturday night against New Jersey.
"Jordan Staal has a knee injury, 4-6 weeks at this point it looks like depending on recovery time for him," Bylsma said. "James Neal in (Saturday) night’s game late in the game received a shot to the foot, broke his foot. The next few days we’ll see what that timetable looks like, but it’s weeks, not days at this point."
Craig Adams "stressed a previous injury" during Sunday's practice. He fell awkwardly to the ice and needed assistance to the locker room. Bylsma said he will be "further evaluated (Monday)."
The Pens have suffered 210 man-games lost this season to injury, including missing key players like Sidney Crosby (32 games), Zbynek Michalek (20), Kris Letang (16), Evgeni Malkin (7), Staal (6) and Paul Martin (6).
The Pens injuries were so bad that at one point, the team had $28 million dollars in player salary out of the lineup due to injuries.
The Pens are on pace for 431 man-games lost, which would eclipse the devastating 350 lost last season.
Despite the 350 man-games lost in 2010-11 the Pens still finished in a tie for the Atlantic Division title with 106 points (49-25-8). Last season, Pittsburgh also lost top players like Crosby (41), Malkin (39) and Staal (39).