Staal, Neal out with long-term injuries
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|A Pittsburgh Penguins trainer tends to Jordan Staal who was injured when he was kneed by New York Rangers Mike Rupp in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Cohn
The Pittsburgh Penguins received a double dose of bad news on Sunday, as the club learned that forwards Jordan Staal and James Neal are will miss significant time with injuries.
Staal will miss approximately 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury suffered in Friday's game against New York when he collided with Rangers forward Mike Rupp.
The 23-year-old has totaled 15 goals and 21 points in 34 games this season.
Neal will be lost for "weeks" with a broken foot sustained when he blocked a shot in Saturday's contest against the New Jersey Devils.
A crucial pick-up during last year's injury fiascoes with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Neal leads Pittsburgh with 21 goals and ranks second in points with 36 over 40 contests.
In addition, Pens head coach Dan Bylsma said that forward Craig Adams, who was injured during practice on Sunday and aggravated a previously unknown injury, will be further evaluated on Monday.
Already without Crosby due to concussion-like symptoms, the Pens have struggled to keep pace in the Atlantic Division, falling to fourth with a 21-15-4 record following a 3-1 home loss to the Devils on Saturday.