The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to wait a little longer for their starting goaltender.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters Wednesday that Tristan Jarry will be out with an upper-body injury until after the 2023 NHL All-Star Game, which takes place in Florida on Feb. 3-4.
It’s the second injury in a month for Jarry, who was scheduled to play last night against Florida before the team opted to go with Casey DeSmith instead. Jarry has suffered four losses in his last five starts but has otherwise been excellent with a 16-5-5 record and .921 save percentage. Jarry has been one of the busiest goaltenders this year, facing the third most shots per game at 35.3.
Dustin Tokarski was recalled in a corresponding move on Wednesday to replace Jarry. Tokarski played two games with the Penguins this month, winning his first game against Vancouver.
The onus falls on Casey DeSmith to help carry some of the load in future games. He struggled with a 6-9-3 record but showed flashes of brilliance. The Penguins face Washington on Thursday before playing a final game against San Jose on Saturday. The Penguins will resume play Feb. 7 after All-Star Game weekend, during which Jarry could be available again.
Hopefully this isn’t a recurring problem for Jarry. Jarry missed time with an upper body injury earlier this month, so this one is different. Jarry suffered a lower-body injury last April that kept him out of the playoffs, only to lose to DeSmith in overtime in Game 1 of the first-round series against the New York Rangers. Louis Domingue was forced to steal the crease, with the Penguins ultimately losing to the Rangers.
The Penguins sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division and should be considered in the wild card race, assuming the team can stay healthy down the line.