Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry was unexpectedly absent from the lineup in their recent game against the Dallas Stars, raising concerns about his health and the team’s chances in the upcoming playoffs. With no confirmed timeline for how long Jarry will be sidelined, the Penguins must navigate the final stretch of the regular season while battling for a playoff spot.
Jarry has been dealing with on-and-off injury issues throughout his career, but when healthy, he has been a critical asset for the Penguins. In 40 games started this season, Jarry has secured 21 wins and boasts a .908 save percentage. However, his absence has meant more starts for backup goaltender Casey DeSmith, who has recorded 13 wins in 30 games started.
Last season, Jarry’s injury forced him to miss a significant portion of the playoffs, contributing to the Penguins’ first-round exit at the hands of the New York Rangers. His absence is once again a cause for concern as the team clings to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
With only 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Penguins hold a slim one-point lead over the Florida Panthers for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The recent 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, where the Penguins dominated the shot totals 42 to 33, underscores the importance of Jarry’s presence in the crease.
At this time, there is no clear indication of when Jarry will return to the lineup. His absence could be short-lived, or it may extend into the next month. This uncertainty leaves the Penguins in a precarious position as they fight for a playoff spot.
The Pittsburgh Penguins face an uphill battle to secure a playoff berth, and Tristan Jarry’s uncertain status only adds to their challenges. With just 10 games remaining in the regular season, the team will need to rely on their depth and resiliency to maintain their position in the standings. Check out the standings here.