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Buckle up: Maatta, Orpik miss Penguins morning skate

May 11, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins might have another key member of their defense out for Game 6 against the New York Rangers.

Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta did not take part in the team’s morning skate. Orpik has played in just one game in the series, but Maatta has been a steady producer on the second pairing with Matt Niskanen.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma offered no update on Maatta’s status  following morning skate. Engelland said he didn’t know if he was playing. He either doesn’t know or is a good liar.

The Pens have gotten around Orpik’s absence with Robert Bortuzzo, but if Maatta can’t play it’ll be Deryk Engelland who will likely step into his place. Engelland hasn’t played since April 12 against Philadelphia and in 56 games this season he had six goals and 12 points.

Pittsburgh has dealt with injuries all season long, particularly on defense, so they have experience in how to handle these problems. Having to do it in the middle of a playoff series on the road makes the job a bit more difficult.

  1. penguins87and71 - May 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Not good.

  2. theskinsman - May 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Orpik get hurt turtling?

  3. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    no no nooo …

    orpik’s endorsement deal with turtles pancaked faster than brooks himself could pancake, shortly after team usa slashed and ripped its way to a fourth place finish at the olympics winter games

    no, brooks’ agent has him off to malls all across the mid-west, fronting a new line of fence posts, noted for ability to resist rot while remaining perfectly stationary, even as the world dances by, unmolested

    those interested can place orders through

    the post office

    • steelcity333 - May 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      I have no idea what this means so I will resist insulting you.

  4. bleedrangerblue - May 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Let’s go Rangers!!!

  5. csilojohnson - May 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Hah I will second that steelcity.
    Just a bunch of fluff to distract everyone from the fact that he is just a run of the mill hater. Mad his team is already busy playing golf.

  6. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM


    i neither know nor care of what or whom you are

    an insult can only bear meaning if the would-be insult came from a known entity

    insult away, but get yourself rain coat

    • jtowme - May 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Nice attempt to sound intelligent…since I don’t know who or what you are, your insult can bear no meaning. Correct?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Well his insult was aimed at Brooks Orpik, so since you neither know who or what muck is, and his insult was not directed towards you, then it should bear no meaning.

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