Penguins notebook: Martin, Glass latest to be injured



Injuries have dogged the Penguins this season, likely more than scoring droughts or turnovers or just about anything else.

Add winger Tanner Glass and defenseman Paul Martin to the list of those who are hurt.

Glass, injured Saturday night when he blocked a shot against Montreal, has a broken right hand. He will miss three to four weeks, coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday. Glass has two goals, six points in 24 games. He ranks second in the NHL with 99 hits.

Martin has an unspecified injury that still is being evaluated. He is expected to miss the game tonight against Toronto at Consol Energy Center, and Bylsma said the team will “have a further update on him in the next couple of days.”

The Penguins have six healthy defensemen, and Bylsma said the club likely will wait until a time frame is determined for Martin before it decides whether to promote a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The most likely candidate is Simon Despres.

Forwards Sidney Crosby and Jussi Jokinen and defenseman Brooks Orpik — were given “maintenance days” and did not practice. There is no indication they will miss the game tonight.

The Penguins have lost 102 man-games to injury. Only 10 players have appeared in each of the team’s 25 games.

Meanwhile, the Penguins made two moves, reassigning forward Brian Gibbons to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and placing forward Matt D’Agostini on waivers.

Gibbons had a goal and an assist in his five games.

If D’Agostini is not claimed by another team by noon today, the Penguins’ options include keeping him or sending him to Wilkes-Barre. D’Agostini, who began the season on long-term injured reserve, has one assist in eight games playing primarily on the third line.

Waiting for response

Bylsma glanced at the other scores during the Penguins 4-3 overtime loss Monday at Boston and saw that Toronto was losing, 4-0, to Columbus en route to a 6-0 drubbing. Without seeing any highlights, he could guess what kind of game the Maple Leafs might bounce back with.

“You know that this is a response game, and a response game against the Pittsburgh Penguins,” Bylsma said. “I don’t think they’re going to be caught with their guard down or exposed after that loss.”

Late goal accomplishes a lot

Elias Sports Bureau offered a couple of notes pertaining to Crosby’s goal Monday with .03 seconds left in regulation that forced overtime.

• The previous time a player scored a tying goal at 19:59 of the third period was Detroit’s Brian Rafalski, March 19, 2010, in what became a 3-2 shootout loss against Edmonton.

• It was Crosby’s first tying or go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation since March 9, 2008, when he broke a 2-2 tie en route to a 4-2 win against Washington.

Not much time on his hands

With the Penguins in the midst of a stretch of 11 games in 18 days, Bylsma has had to budget his time. He not only is the Penguins coach, but also the United States Olympic coach. In his latter capacity, he has been helping to evaluate players. The final roster for the Sochi Games is expected to be set in about a month.

That has meant some sacrifice.

“I don’t do a crossword anymore,” he said.

But he is not sacrificing his focus on the his primary job.

“I don’t think any of my time is diverted from the Penguins or our schedule,” Bylsma said.

“There is time that has to be carved out for other things. A day off like Sunday, [the Olympic staff] had a conference call for about an hour. … I have games on my laptop ready to be watched if I have a half an hour here or 15 minutes there.”

Nearly every Penguins game, there is at least one opponent player is on the U.S. watch list. For Toronto, that would be forwards Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.

Tip-ins

The Penguins are expected to draw their 300th sellout crowd in a row, which includes regular-season and playoff games and began Feb. 14, 2007. … Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul has 11 goals, 18 points in 22 career games against the Penguins, but won’t play tonight (groin injury).


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.

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