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Staal, Neal out for extended periods

Jan 8, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

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More bad injury news for the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to coach Dan Bylsma, Jordan Staal is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury and James Neal has a broken foot that will keep him out “weeks, not days.”

The Penguins are already without Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang, each with concussions and no timetables set for returns.

Pittsburgh’s also lost four straight and finds itself just one point clear of ninth-place Winnipeg in the Eastern Conference.

Is it time to discuss the possibility of the Penguins missing the playoffs? At this point you’d have to classify that as unlikely, but you can’t dismiss it entirely. To do so would be unfair to Crosby, Letang, Staal and Neal. Not many teams could lose those four for extended periods and keep winning.

Of course, another potential scenario has the Pens squeaking into the playoffs, getting healthy and handing a top seed in the East a “you gotta be kidding me” first-round matchup.

  1. abrienza428 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    This is insane

  2. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    This is such an unfortunate run of injuries. I feel bad as a Pens fan, but also a a hockey fan- not getting to see all of that talent on the ice.

  3. heyzeus143 - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    it’s Pittsburgh, injuries are the standard, just gotta play through em right

  4. basedrum777 - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    The Ranger who caused that injury should be suspended. Instead Shanahan will dole out punishment in a completely haphazard fashion and keep the top teams without incident.

    • miketoasty - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Pens fan here and couldn’t disagree with you more. I listened to the interview with Rupp (The player that injured Staal) and you could tell that there was no malicious intent what so ever. It was an unfortunate event that really sets us back but that is just how things work sometimes. No suspension needed, at all.

    • stakex - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Actually watch the play. Rupp does NOT stick his knee out immediately prior to the collision. There was no intent on the play, and really… it shouldn’t have even been a penelty, let alone a suspension.

      As for the league doing favors for the Rangers since they are the top team, did you happen to watch the last 5 minutes of the Winter Classic?

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