Penguins' Ron Hainsey 'week-to-week' with upper-body injury

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/2571/" data-ylk="slk:Ron Hainsey">Ron Hainsey</a> of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/pit/" data-ylk="slk:Pittsburgh Penguins">Pittsburgh Penguins</a> skates against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/buf/" data-ylk="slk:Buffalo Sabres">Buffalo Sabres</a> at PPG Paints Arena on March 5, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)
Ron Hainsey of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena on March 5, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

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.

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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.

On Feb. 17, the Penguins announced they lost defenseman Olli Maatta for six weeks to a hand injury that required surgery.

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.

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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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