Penguins' Dumoulin out 4-6 weeks after jaw surgury

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It was announced late morning of December 28 that Pittsburgh Penguins top four defenseman, Brian Dumoulin, has been placed on long-term injured reserve and will miss four to six weeks after undergoing jaw surgery.

The latest injury puts the Penguins in a seriously desperate situation in regards to defensemen. While Kris Letang and Trevor Daley are back to practicing with the team, they are still not cleared for contact and are listed as "day-to-day".

This means if/when a player is recalled, and with Olli Maatta possibly still out with illness, the majority of the defense will be made up of players from Wilkes Barre (gee, where have we seen this scenario before?). However, if a recall is not made by mid-afternoon, it will be a good indication that Maatta will be available to play versus the Carolina Hurricanes December 28.

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Dumoulin was on the negative end of an errant puck late in the game December 27 versus New Jersey. He was hit in the jaw and fell to the ice in a heap. He left the ice as quickly as possible and went down the runway to be checkout by the medical staff.

Dumoulin had previously taken a puck to the face, in his cheek area, earlier in the month on December 16. He was hit by a shot taken by LA Kings', Marian Gaborik.

Dumoulin is known to be a tank on the Penguin's defense. He takes his fair share of brutality and has defied odds, playing through injuries that would side line other men or recovering quicker than usual from concussion symptoms to barely miss any time at all.

This will be Dumoulin's longest absence from play since joining the team full time in 2015.

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I write about the Penguins and anything associated with them. I work a lot and my social life reflects that. How do you handle me? With a good shot of tequila and a prayer. Kat Stratford is my spirit animal.
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