Paul Martin injury update
When the Pittsburgh Penguins placed Paul Martin on the IR this morning, there wasn’t a clear timeline for his injury and the team hadn’t released any specifics on exactly what the defenseman had hurt. That changed this afternoon, and it seems that Martin will join Rob Scuderi on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.
#pens defenceman Paul Martin has a fractured tibia and will be out four to six weeks.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 27, 2013
That’s a tough pill to swallow for a Pittsburgh team that has no luck staying healthy this season. Scuderi and Martin were penciled in as to of the top-six defenders for the Penguins, but the team hasn’t had a healthy defensive unit for an entire game yet this year.
Martin’s injury opens the door for Simon Despres, who has been flourishing at the AHL level all season long. Pittsburgh recalled him from the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins early this morning, and now it’s clear why. The defender has 11 points in 17 games in the minors this season and is a rock solid plus-13.
The Penguins will try to stop a two-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. After tonight’s contest they’ll have a back-to-back set against the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning this weekend.