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Insider Only NHL: Pens concerned about Michalek’s injury

Injury Update
Defenseman Brooks Orpik and Zbynek Michalek will both miss tonight’s game and while the Penguins are not concerned about Brooks Orpik’s groin injury, he’s day-to-day, there is concern that Zbynek Michalek’s shoulder injury could be a long-term injury that sidelines him for months.

Dan Bylsma said today in his media conference that Michalek is seeing a team physician today. A league source told me that Michalek is expected to get a second opinion today before the Penguins make an official diagnosis. Surgery has not been ruled out at this point, according to the source.
If Michalek is injured long-term, Pittsburgh’s depth on their blueline will be tested. The team already has question marks with Ben Lovejoy and Deryk Engelland as their 6th and 7th defenseman.
A long-term injury could push up Robert Bortuzzo’s or Brian Strait’s timetable as Pens management believes both are close to being NHL ready.

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