On a night already lacking Kris Letang, Trevor Daley's role became more important to the Penguins than usual. And then he was hurt and would miss the last two periods of the Penguins 1-0 loss to the Kings. Today we learned just how injured he was.
Earlier today as Coach Sullivan listed the important notes for reporters he stated that Daley would be out "week-to-week" with an upper body injury. He'll likely join Kris Letang on the IR in short order, making way for the return of either Derrick Pouliot, who is already up with the Penguins after a conditioning stint, or David Warsofsky, on recall from the Baby Pens, to the Penguins line up.
In seven games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pouliout has zero goals, zero assists, and was a -4. In his two games in Pittsburgh he registered a similar stat line (0g, 0a, even +/-). Warsofsky spent four games in the bigs with the Penguins, not showing up on the stat sheet. In 17 games with the Baby Pens he's shown to be a big contributor from the blue line with four goals and 11 assists.
Either Pouliot or Warsofsky will need to contribute for the Penguins to keep pace with the rest of the Metro, and the Wild Card, as three of the six best records currently come from their division, with the Penguins currently sitting atop.