COLUMBUS, Ohio – Center Marcel Goc, who sustained a gruesome looking injury Thursday night, will be out for about three weeks, coach Dan Bylsma said today.
“I hate to say when you get an injury report and it’s like this that it’s good news, but it could have been a worse prognosis for him,” Bylsma said. “It was probably good news that it’s just three weeks at this point.”
Bylsma said Goc’s injury, caused when he was knocked into the boards during a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles at Consol Energy Center, is in his ankle/foot area.
It appeared to be Goc’s left ankle that was injured.
Winger Beau Bennett, who sat out the past 50 games while recovering from a wrist/hand injury, will take the lineup spot created by Goc’s injury when the Penguins face Columbus at Nationwide Arena this evening.
Bylsma, though, said that “Beau was going in, regardless” of whether an injury created an opening for him.
Bennett is scheduled to play on the left side of a line that has Jussi Jokinen in the middle and James Neal on the right side.
Bylsma also said that rookie defenseman Olli Maatta, whose game has slipped significantly in recent weeks, will be a healthy scratch tonight.