Pittsburgh’s recent recall of Louis Domingue may have raised some eyebrows as adding a third goaltender to the roster usually means there’s an injury. However, that’s not the case for the Penguins, reports Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Instead, starting goaltender Tristan Jarry didn’t travel with the team to Ottawa and won’t be in uniform against the Sens as they’ve elected to not have him travel to give him some extra rest but he’s expected to suit up for the Penguins tomorrow night in Washington. At that point, blueliners Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel will also be available to return after being re-added to COVID protocols yesterday for cross-border travel reasons, not another positive test.
More from the Metropolitan:
- Rangers center Filip Chytil is expected to miss his second straight game tonight versus Columbus as he works his way back from an upper-body injury, notes Mollie Walker of the New York Post. However, it doesn’t appear as if he’ll be out much longer as he skated for a half-hour before practice on Friday which suggests he’s close to returning. The 22-year-old has two goals and an assist in 12 games this season.
- Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta has resumed skating as he works his way back from a concussion, relays Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer (Twitter link). The veteran suffered the injury a week ago today against Florida in just his second game of the season.
- Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin’s goal last night against Columbus moved him into fourth all-time in NHL scoring with 742 tallies. Next up for him to catch is Jaromir Jagr who sits 24 ahead of Washington’s captain. Ovechkin is off to a hot start to his season with 12 goals and 12 assists in just 14 games.
Not so secretly, I’m wondering if GR8 has his sights set on 50-in-50. Barring the “i-word”, he seems more than capable this season. Other than that pursuit, I’d hope he eclipses Jagr by game 40-ish.
I’ve thought for a while that Ovechkin would pass 99 and though it seemed the two Covid shortened seasons might put that at risk, he’ll break 900.
The third goalie thing with the Pens is just being proactive. Sooner or later, the other two will want join the rest of the gang in COVID protocol or with some assorted malady. Hey, why not? Always something with this team
Nice message from Hull during the game too