The Pittsburgh Penguins have seen the injury bug strike yet again, as the team confirmed on Thursday afternoon that forward Tom Kuhnhackl is out day-to-day with a lower body injury.
The news was reported on Thursday following the team’s practice, which Kuhnhackl did not take part in. It comes during an already poor period for the Penguins, who are without any given handful of players each night; from Justin Schultz and Patric Hornqvist to Kris Letang and Matt Murray, the team has seen major players sit out for chunks of time with injuries all throughout the postseason already.
Drafted 110th overall by the Penguins in 2010, the Landshut, Germany native skated with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires and Niagara IceDogs before going pro in 2012.
It took a handful of seasons in which Kuhnhackl split his time between the AHL and the ECHL before he was able to graduate to the pros. A strong 2015-16 performance – which saw the forward put up five goals and 15 points in 42 regular-season games – earned him a full-time look this season.
He served as a bottom six forward throughout the year, putting up four goals and 16 points through 57 appearances. So far, he’s having an acceptable postseason, with a goal and two points through 11 games to date.
The Penguins will look to turn their luck around in Game 4, following a disappointing 5-1 loss in their last game to the Ottawa Senators. Losing yet another forward, even one that serves in a depth role, will only hurt their chances.