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Insider Only Latest Pens Buzz: On Schultz Injury, Speed/Possession Game lacking, Brassard’s Audition, J.S. Dea & More Buzz

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Defenseman Justin Schultz suffered a fractured leg on Saturday night vs the Montreal Canadiens and Schultz will be out months with the Penguins expected to announce an official timeline this afternoon.

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Is Juuso Riikola capable of filling that puck moving void the Penguins will now have?

The skill set might be there to be a puck moving presence but the capability is another story.

Riikola was okay vs Vegas but was greatly exposed against the Canadiens where he didn’t look much in the mold of an NHL defenseman.

Two games in just isn’t a big enough sample to know what the Penguins have.

The microscope is now squarely on Olli Maatta who returned to the lineup vs the Canadiens and was somehow at 13% in possession, on the ice for 4 shots attempts and 25 against in over 17 minutes of ice time 5-on-5.

A cone might have posted better numbers.

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— Taking a chance on skill often pays off. So far it is for the New Jersey Devils as J.S. Dea has 2 goals in 3 games since picked up in waivers.

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