Penguins notebook: Martin day-to-day with lower-body injury
• Paul Martin's injury situation became clearer Monday. Martin, who did not play Saturday at St. Louis, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, coach Dan Bylsma said after practice at Southpointe Iceoplex. Martin, whose absences had been attributed to “maintenance days,” has missed three consecutive practices in addition to the game. Bylsma said Martin missing a home game against Philadelphia on Wednesday was “a possibility.”
• With Martin out, the Penguins tried new defense pairings Monday. Brooks Orpik worked with Deryk Engelland and Kris Letang with rookie Olli Maatta. Matt Niskanen skated with Robert Bortuzzo. “We really wanted to see that pair together,” Bylsma said of the Letang-Maatta pairing. “We may see that pair together on Wednesday. We haven't played our best as pairs the last three games, in particular the last game (Saturday) with Martin out.”
• Winger Tanner Glass did not practice Monday. He was out because of a “maintenance day,” which usually means a player is being rested or dealing with an injury that Penguins physicians have not completely identified.
• Maatta will not practice Tuesday, Bylsma said. “He has an immigration issue to take care of,” Bylsma said, adding he expected Maatta to play Wednesday. Maatta, 19, is a native of Finland, which had granted him permission to play junior hockey in Canada, not for an NHL team in the United States. This season will count as his first toward unrestricted free agency if Maatta is on the Penguins' roster for their 40th game.
• Players participated in the seventh annual Project Bundle-Up at The Mall in Robinson. Each player was paired with an underprivileged child from Washington County. Those children were provided free winter gear — coats, caps, gloves and boots — with funds provided by the Salvation Army.
– Rob Rossi
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Fleury is, and will remain, Penguins’ soul
- Testing legs, giving backup goalie a chance are Penguins’ priorities
- Penguins notebook: Newcomers get 1st taste of rivalry with Flyers
- Bortuzzo could provide much-needed physical presence for Penguins
- Penguins notebook: Malkin to remain on wing, for now
- Special teams shine for Penguins in win
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis returns to lineup
- Penguins forward Downie becoming a hit with teammates
- Penguins notebook: Johnston blends music, practice for local students