The Penguins pulled off a thrilling, come from behind victory last night to beat the Washington Capitals, but it'll come at a price as Matt Cullen will be out the next 3-4 weeks after injuring himself blocking a shot in the win.
It'll be the first games Cullen has missed since signing with Pittsburgh during the 2015 offseason, and it comes in the middle of a strong encore to last season's surprising 16 goal, 16 assist campaign. Through 43 games played this season, Cullen has 9 goals and 8 assists - numbers that put him on pace for virtually the same numbers over the course of a full 82 game season (17g, 15a).#Pens coach Sullivan said Cullen took a shot off the foot against Washington and will be out approximately 3-4 weeks. -MC— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) January 17, 2017
The injury will likely open the door for Oskar Sundqvist to show what he's capable of on the 4th line. Sundqvist has had a strong year in Wilkes-Barre in his second season in North America, scoring 14 goals and 18 assists in 37 games to currently place second on the AHL Pens in both categories behind Jake Guentzel. He's Cullen's likely replacement when he decides to hang up the skates, and he'll get a head start on getting comfortable in that role over the next month.