Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley suffered a lower-body injury during Friday’s Game 4 loss to the Lightning. He was driven into the boards by Tampa’s Ryan Callahan and had to be helped off the ice.
As he left the ice, it looked as though Daley might be favoring his knee. After the game, he was reported to have left Amalie Arena on crutches with his foot bandaged or in a cast. So, it may not be a knee issue, as reported by many earlier.
Coach Mike Sullivan didn’t offer much information after the game. “I don’t have any updates for you,” he said. “He obviously has a lower-body injury. We will have an update tomorrow.”
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Daley didn’t return to the game after the hit and that left a big burden on the shoulders of Kris Letang, who logged 31:38 in the game.
Daley has stepped up in the postseason and been a surprisingly important part of the team’s defense, including playing an excellent game the night that the Pens were without Letang due to a suspension. Losing him against a very deep Tampa attack could be a key moment in this series.
We’ll update this post when the team updates his status on Saturday.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.