Tangradi has appeared in 13 games for Pittsburgh this season, posting two points (1G-1A). Tangradi, a second-round pick (42nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Anaheim, recorded his first-career NHL point at New Jersey Oct. 11, and first NHL goal against the NY Islanders Oct. 15.â†µ
Tangradi (6-foot-4, 221 pounds) is second on WBS with 18 goals (tied) while ranking fourth in points (33) through 42 games. He recorded 39 points (17G-22A) in 65 games for WBS in 2009-10.â†µ
Tangradi is needed because Dustin Jeffrey got injured in last night’s 2-1 OT win over the Los Angeles Kings. Jeffrey appeared to injure his hip or upper leg when he crashed into Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Jeffrey did not make the trip with the team to Long Island tonight, and is also expected to be out for the following game on Sunday afternoon in Manhattan against the New York Rangers.â†µ
Counting Jeffrey, the Penguins have seven injured forwards. They are: Sidney Crosby (concussion), Evgeni Malkin (knee), Mike Comrie (hip), Chris Kunitz (lower body), Arron Asham (upper body) and Mark Letestu (knee). An eighth, Matt Cooke, will serve the second game of his four game suspension tonight.â†µ
Those eight players have combined to score 94 of the team’s 163 total goals (57.7 percent).