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The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward Bryan Rust on Thursday’s injured reserve with an unknown illness retrospectively.

During a 5-4 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Rust was injured in a check by Panthers defender MacKenzie Weegar after 13 seconds in the third period.

Coach Mike Sullivan gave no information on Saturday morning on Rust’s status, except that he was still rated.

Rust was replaced at the helm by striker Danton Heinen to open Saturday’s home game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the PPG Paints Arena.

Rust stepped on Saturday as the team’s “Iron Man” with a team best series in a row of 104 games, including playoffs. In the absence of Rust, defenseman Kris Letang adopted the designation by appearing in his 54th consecutive competition His season debut Saturday.

The team announced that Aston-Reese tested positive for Covid-19 on September 27th. After a 10-day isolation period, he resumed ice skating with his teammates on October 9, but did not play in any of the team’s first two games of the season when he restored his conditioning.

To open the competition on Saturday , Aston-Reese ran on the left wing of the team’s third line with Teddy Blueger in the middle and Brock McGinn on the right wing.

Rust’s place in the top power play unit was taken over by striker Evan Rodrigues. During Saturday’s skating on Saturday, Rodrigues worked mostly in the left circle in a group that included strikers Jeff Carter, Jake Guentzel, Kasperi Kapanen and defender Kris Letang.

“He has good offensive instincts,” Sullivan said of Rodrigues. “That’s one of the strengths of his games. Given the situation we have with some of our injuries, we are looking for someone who can jump into that first power play (unit) and help them continue to be successful. We think Evan is one of those guys. He’s versatile, he can play multiple positions. The bottom line is that he has really good offensive instincts, he sees the ice well, he distributes the puck well, he makes good decisions, he can play the puck once, he can play several positions in this power play. His versatility also has a lot to do with it. ”

The captain of the penguins ran on Friday – a day off for the team – as well as on the Saturday before the team’s morning kate. He remains on the NHL’s non-injured list.

Defender Mike Matheson is also on sideline. He took part in the morning skate, but in a reserve role in the “fourth” pairing together with the interested party P.O. Joseph. He hasn’t played a game this season as he sustained an unknown injury the previous season.

Matheson was officially scratched on Saturday for his injury. Joseph and striker Sam Lafferty were healthy scratches.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins named defender Taylor Fedun the 19th captain of the franchise. Fedun, 33, is entering his first year with the organization. In addition, defenders Matt Bartkowski (native Lebanon), Chris Bigras and striker Jordy Bellerive have been named alternate captains.

Seth Rorabaugh is a Tribune Review employee. You can contact Seth by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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