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Pens’ Maatta out against Wild on Saturday

Apr 5, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Minnesota Wild on Saturday without promising young defenseman Olli Maatta.

The team didn’t provide details regarding why the 19-year-old isn’t playing, aside from the fact that it’s an undisclosed injury and that an update will be provided after the game.

Update: He’s considered day-to-day.

It’s been quite the debut season for the Finnish defenseman. He has 29 points, a 9 rating and 14 penalty minutes in 75 games played. He also received some valuable experience helping Finland win a bronze medal in Sochi.

If this isn’t a serious issue, this injury break may be a blessing in disguise, as he’s already had a busy first season at the NHL level and could face an extended playoff run to boot.

  1. penguins87and71 - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    It sounds like to me they are giving him a few games off.

    • 7mantel - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Then why not say that ?

  2. mp1131211 - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Looks like the whole team forgot to show up, not just this guy. Hope the wild keep it up!

  3. penguins87and71 - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Who cares, it’s a meaningless game.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Not for us. Thanks for the W.

  4. handsofsweed - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    At this point, you have to ask what’s the all-time NHL single-season record for games lost to injury by one team. Pittsburgh has to be close. Any time a team can literally dwarf the injuries Detroit has had this year is breathtakingly incredible. Combine this with what the Steelers have had to deal with and you kinda want to stay the hell away from Western PA if you are an athlete. If I played for the Pirates, I’d be a little unnerved right about now.

  5. penguins87and71 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    IDK, the Pirates have been relatively healthy in the past few years.

  6. bsfan77 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Meaningless because the Pens got spanked. If they won it would have been a great game played by all. I hate the excuse I keep hearing on hear from Pit fans on hear that they arent trying hard because they are already in the playoffs. You dont see other teams gliding along because they are already in the playoffs, do you?

  7. bsfan77 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Here, here…brain fart

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