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Penguin striker Brandon Tanev was injured due to an unknown injury ahead of Wednesday’s home game against the Buffalos Sabers placed in an injured reserve.
The name is retroactive until March 18th. This allows Tanev to be activated until Thursday.
Tanev has missed the last two games due to an illness he suffered in a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on March 18. Coach Mike Sullivan has described Tanev’s status as « day to day ».
Tanev skated on Wednesday morning with his injured striker Jason Zucker and skating and skills development trainer Ty Hennes.
So far, forwards Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust are the only members of the Penguins who have not yet missed a game.
Tanev joins strikers Teddy Blueger, Evgeni Malkin and defender Mark Friedman in the injured reserve. Sugar is in a long-term injured reserve.
• In a corresponding transaction, the penguins called back rookie striker Radim Zohorna from the taxi team. Zohorna, 24, is from the Czech Republic and has never played in the NHL. Zohorna (6-foot-6, 220 pounds) was recalled on March 18 by Wilkes-Barre / Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL) and is in his first season on the continent.
He has played 11 AHL games this season and has nine points (three goals, six assists).
Miletic, 23, has played six games this season and has two points (one goal, one assist).
• The penguins should start the goalkeeper Tristan Jarry. In 22 games this season he has a 12-8-2 record as well as 2.86 goals against the average and a saving of 0.909 percent.
• The Sabers are expected to allow former Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins goalkeeper Dustin Tokarski to make his first start in the NHL since December 21, 2015. Tokarski has played an NHL game this season. On Monday, he spelled injured starter Carter Hutton during a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers. Tokarski made 33 saves from 37 shots and recorded the loss.
Tokarski is a journeyman and has only played 35 NHL career games in 12 professional seasons. He spent the 2019-20 season with the American Hockey League (AHL) at Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. In 18 AHL games last season, Tokarski had a 9-5-2 record as well as 1.97 goals against the average, a saving of 0.924 percent and a shutout.
• Tokarski’s backup is said to be Michael Houser, who hails from Youngstown and grew up in Wexford. The 28-year-old, who played for the former Pittsburgh Hornets youth program, has never played an NHL game and the vast majority of his nine-year career has been in either the AHL or the ECHL. Due to injuries at the position, the Sabers signed a one-year, two-way contract for Houser on Friday.
Seth Rorabaugh is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Seth by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.
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