Penguins notebook: Martin out for Wednesday night's game with Toronto
Paul Martin was on the ice when Sidney Crosby scored a late tying goal at Boston on Monday night.
He will not take the ice when the Penguins play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night.
“He will be out, and we'll have a further update on him in the next couple of days,” coach Dan Bylsma said of Martin, who is described as having a lower-body injury.
Martin is 11th among NHL defensemen, averaging 25 minutes and 16 seconds of ice time. He had assumed a role on the Penguins' top power-play unit and plays regularly with Brooks Orpik on the shutdown defense pairing. Defenseman Kris Letang is expected to replace Martin on the power play.
Bylsma noted that Orpik and Deryk Engelland have played together when the Pens face more physical opponents, such as Boston. However, he also suggested a familiar tandem could reunite.
“We've seen Brooks and Kris together as a matchup pair … and that's probably one we'll see together again if it is a significant amount of time (for Martin's absence).”
Winger Tanner Glass is out 3-4 weeks because of a broken bone in his left hand, Bylsma said.
The injury did not require surgery, and Glass is expected to be placed in a cast this week. He is at least 10 days from gaining clearance to practice.
Glass was injured in a loss at Montreal on Saturday when his hand was hit by a puck off the stick of defenseman P.K. Subban.
Crosby did not practice Tuesday, but Bylsma said he was one of a few players taking “maintenance days.” Only 14 players practiced, though that group included veterans such as Letang, center Evgeni Malkin and wingers Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis and James Neal.
Praise for Kessel
Bylsma suggested Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel will play a pivotal role for Team USA at the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Kessel played on the 2010 silver-medal team.
“Phil has added to his game in the last four or five years of his career — more detail, more structure,” Bylsma said. “He's got electric speed, and his shot is dynamic. It's in the James Neal category as a real weapon.
“In terms of the U.S. team, there are two or three players that have that kind of skill and ability to score and break a game open. He's at the top of the list with that.”
Around the boards
Forward Brian Gibbons was re-assigned to AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He scored a goal and recorded a point in five games with the Penguins.
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.
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