Pens' Michalek out four to six weeks

| Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

Just when the Penguins were starting to get healthy, another injury has struck.

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks because of a broken finger suffered Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. He will be replaced in the lineup by defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who was a healthy scratch against the Devils.

Coach Dan Bylsma indicated that he is comfortable with only six defensemen on the roster.

However, given that Wilkes-Barre is closer to Long Island — the Penguins are at the Islanders Tuesday — it is possible that a defenseman from the Penguins' AHL affiliate could be recalled and meet with the team in New York.

Michalek left in the third period against the Devils. He had started the season slowly and was a team-worst minus-5. Still, he is viewed as one of the Penguins' best penalty killers and defensive players. Michalek produced one goal and two assists through 10 games this season.

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