Harry Zolnierczyk has been recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team had demoted him to the AHL level for the duration of the holiday break, but have brought him back to the NHL due to the possible Pascal Dupuis injury. Dupuis was hurt when Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, who went flying into the chest of Dupuis. It appeared that his right leg buckled under him during the collision.
Dupuis down. Pointing to right knee. Looks like his it buckled when Crosby hit him after check by Methot. Dupuis being helped off ice.
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) December 24, 2013
This will be Zolnierczyk’s fourth trip to Pittsburgh so far this season. The Penguins have been ravaged by injures on a daily basis, so players like Zolnierczyk are getting a chance to show the team what they can do at the NHL level.
Through eight games with Pittsburgh this year, the 26-year-old Toronto native has scored one goal and carries a minus-one rating. He has also played in 21 games for the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins, where he’s posted 10 goals to go along with four assists and 39 PIMs.
The Penguins will return from the holiday break this evening when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.