McKegg to waivers, Schultz to IR ahead of Islanders matchup

Posted on Dec 7 2017 - 11:22am by Jason McDermott
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A key component on the Pens power play, a lengthy absence will hurt. NHL.com

Two moves by the Penguins yesterday as they prepare to host the Islanders tonight at PPG Paints Arena.

The 25-year-old center, drafted in the second round by Toronto of the 2010 entry draft had two goals and two assists and was a minus-four on the season in mostly fourth line minutes.

There should be word if he clears or not sometime this afternoon. If he does, he will be sent to WB/S.  McKegg, despite showing excellent speed and making a bit of an impact early on this season, he’d seen his minutes and his production continue to fall recently. He had not seen the ice for the team since the November 27 win over the Flyers on home ice.

The other move of more significance coming out of Tuesday’s game with the Rangers.

Schultz is seemingly lost for the second chunk of time this season as he became tangled up at the offensive blue line on Tuesday with several players wearing friendly and enemy colors. Schultz’s knee was rolled up on in an awkward position in the first period. He left the game, tried to return and then left for good at the start of the second in the 4-3 loss versus the Rangers.

 

Coach Mike Sullivan on Schultz’ injury: He’s lower-body. He’s a little more than week-to-week. I’m reluctant to put a time on it, but it’ll be weeks.”

Tonight’s matchup

The Penguins and Islanders will do battle tonight as the Penguins will put on a Star Wars themed night for all of the fans in attendance. No truth to the rumor that they have asked former Caps and current coach of the Minnesota Wild, Bruce Boudreau, to play the role of Jabba the Hutt during intermission.

Eat more chicken, you must

The Isles come to town led by John Tavares and Josh Bailey, both with 31 points. The Islanders currently sit one point ahead of the Penguins in the standings ( 34-33 ). The Islanders have also won eight of their last eleven games.

This is the first meeting between the clubs this season.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I will have your recap of the Pens and Islanders. As always, thanks for reading… and… yes, may the force be with you.

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