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Paul Martin out of Penguins lineup with lower-body injury

Mar 2, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

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When Paul Martin didn’t play during the third period of Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss to Carolina on Thursday, they hoped it wouldn’t keep him out of action. It appears that won’t be the case.

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Martin will not play tonight in Montreal against the Canadiens. Yohe says Martin’s injury isn’t serious and he could be back in the lineup as soon as Monday.

Martin’s play this year has been a huge boon for the Penguins after he struggled so much last season. This season, he’s put up four goals and 11 assists tying him with Kris Letang for top point production on the blue line.

With Martin out, this could lead to Mark Eaton’s return to the Penguins lineup after signing a one-year deal with the team earlier this week.

  1. steelers88 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Okay why are the Penguins playing Tomas Vokoun?!?!?

  2. heyzeus143 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    This team flat out stinks right now. Just saying. Lot can change of course.

  3. steelers88 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    This team might be the most overrated team in the NHL right now.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      They’re just in a slump. A win against a good team like Montreal with Vokoun in net tonight could really get them back on track. They’re still tied for the most wins in the east and third overall wins in the league, they just haven’t been able to take some of their losses to overtime like other teams have. I’d rather them have to be competing night in and night out than get to a point where they’re a little too comfortable and slack off. That’s what happened last year and it didn’t get them very far.

    • bettmanblows - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Typical negative steelers fan.

  4. friedberg7 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Hopefully this gets Despres some playing time as he could be potential trade bait.

  5. Stiller43 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Friedberg,

    Why would the pens even be thinking of trading a young, 1st round pick that just made it to the nhl level?

    • friedberg7 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      If Pens are looking for a 2nd line wing or shut down defenseman they might have to part ways with him. Just look at what kind of defenseman we have behind him. Morrow is the same kind of defenseman. And Martin and Niskanen too. I would love to keep him but his trade value is a lot higher than anyone else’s if we want to get something good in return.

  6. steelers88 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Remember when Michael Terrihen ranted after the Penguins game? He said and I quote “Not impressed it’s a pathetic performance half of the team doesn’t care. That defensive squad I think their goal I really start to believe their goals is to be the worst defensive squad in the league and their doing such a great job at being the best worst defensive squad in the league they turn the puck over, they have no vision, their soft”. Funny sounds like the Penguins right now.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    This is a huge blow. Really impressed with Martin this season and martin has been the Pens’ best defenseman this year. The presence he brings to the lineup can’t be matched. Still, the Pens should be able to take care of the Habs tonight!!

    GO PENS!!!

  8. steelers88 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Good news Martin is expected to be back Monday and he should play next week.

  9. valoisvipers - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Nice to see Martin having a great season in spite of the fact many Pens fans wanted to run him out of town last year.

  10. heyzeus143 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    2 goal lead blown again, proof is in the pudding, this team has zero focus

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