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Scuderi returned to Pittsburgh for evaluation (Updated)

Oct 28, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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The leg injury suffered by Rob Scuderi this weekend is serious enough to send him packing.

On Monday, the Penguins announced Scuderi had been sent home from their mini two-game road trip to have the injury evaluated further. Scuderi, 34, was hurt during the first period of a 4-1 loss on Saturday in Toronto after getting clipped by Leafs forward David Clarkson, leaving the contest and failing to return.

Scuderi finished with just nine shifts for 5:57 TOI, and won’t be available for tonight’s contest in Carolina. Roberto Bortuzzo, a healthy scratch vs. the Maple Leafs, is likely to draw in as a replacement.

Scuderi hasn’t been producing much offensively — just one point in 11 games — but is an important defensive presence for the club. He sits third among Pittsburgh defensemen in shorthanded ice time and is tied for third in blocked shots, with 19.

The timing of the injury is unfortunate, in the sense Pittsburgh finally got its defense fully healthy on Friday night when Kris Letang made his season debut. It marked the first time the Pens had all their top-six d-men available.


According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the injury could keep Scuderi out of the lineup for a month.

  1. hockey412 - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Tough blow…hoping he has a miraculous recovery. Not feeling good without him.

  2. jpelle82 - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    ughhh. hopefully its not the season ending variety. hopefully a sprain and not a tear. didnt look good though, one of those awkward looking injuries that could only be a ligament. on the heels of a 3 game skid…ughh…wouldve been nice to see at least 1 game with a healthy 6 back there…but alas…the big wheel keeps on turning.

  3. curioustraveler13 - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I can’t remember the last time the pens had a completely healthy roster. Well it looks like bortuzzo will crack the lineup, and that’s not a bad thing. This team is really deep on defenseman, and that looks like it’s paying off. Their record is good considering they are also without 2 of their top 6 forwards, just got letang back ,and lost vokoun at the start of the year. This week is big with 2 division rivals, and Boston. Well see how this team reacts to some advisory. I still like their chances.

  4. bmscalise - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    If it’s only a month – it’ll be fine. I’ll just be thrilled that it isn’t longer, if McKenzie is right. The Pens have enough depth they should be able to handle life without him for the month of November. It’s a long season.

  5. joey4id - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    On a positive note the Pens are deep on D. Letang will have to play better d in his zone to make up for the loss of Scuderi.

  6. steelers88 - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Is anyone a little worried about the Pens? Because I am. I see some problem areas on this team. The funny thing is I don’t think they have enough scoring.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      The pens are the 8th best team in the league in goals per game minus 2 of their top 6 forwards and you think we don’t have enough scoring? Try not to over react to 3 game in which they played 2 really bad periods.

    • billsboy88 - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Don’t forget that they have been playing without Neal. The Malkin-Neal combo can really put up some points when it’s clicking

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