Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey is “week-to-week” with an upper-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced Friday.
Hainsey left after the second period of the Penguins’ Wednesday game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Pittsburgh acquired the 35-year-old Hainsey on Feb. 23 in order to add some veteran depth to help with their injured group of defensemen.
The Penguins have been without top defenseman Kris Letang since Feb. 21 due to an upper-body injury. Blue liner Trevor Daley underwent knee surgery the same day the team acquired Hainsey, and the team said Daley would miss the next six weeks.
Hainsey, a veteran of 901 NHL games, has notched one assist in 10 games with the Penguins while averaging 20:45 per-contest. Pittsburgh recalled 23-year-old defenseman Derick Pouliot from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to deal with Hainsey’s injury.
Sullivan also said that Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin would not dress Friday against the New Jersey Devils.
“He has been dealing with an upper-body injury for a while. We will know more soon,” Sullivan said.
Not all news was bad for the Penguins on Friday. Forward Patric Hornqvist said he is symptom free from his concussion that has kept him out since March 5 and is a game-time decision to play against the Devils.
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