In the midst of a four game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins received more bad news on Sunday afternoon when it was announced that center Jordan Staal and forward James Neal would be out for a considerable amount of time because of injury. According to head coach Dan Bylsma, Staal is expected to be out four to six weeks after he sustained a knee injury on Friday night when the New York Rangers' Mike Rupp collided directly into his left leg. Staal was immediately helped off the ice in what looked to be a significant injury and then missed Saturday night's game against New Jersey.
In addition to Staal, Bylsma said that forward James Neal will be out indefinitely with a broken foot. The coach stated it would be a matter of "weeks, not days." Playing on a dynamic line with Evgeni Malkin, Neal leads the team with 21 goals. Finally, Bylsma also announced that Craig Adams irritated a previous injury in a fall during practice on Sunday and would need to be evaluated on Monday.
The Pens will now have to move forward without Staal, Neal, Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby. As Sam Kasan noted, the Pens are currently on pace for 431 man-games lost, far surpassing the 350 set during last year's injury-plagued season.
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