PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) First line center Evan Rodrigues.
Yeah, that’s where the Pittsburgh Penguins are at heading into their fifth game of the 2021-22 NHL season.
Offseason surgeries to Sidney Crosby and Evgani Malkin put the Pens top two centers on the shelf to start the year.
Now, goalie Tristan Jarry and fill-in top center Jeff Carter have entered COVID protocol; Both are asymptomatic.
That leaves the Penguins with the aforementioned Rodrigues as the new first line center.
It’s not an ideal situation, but head coach Mike Sullivan is confident in E-Rod’s abilities.
During the Thursday practice, Rodrigues centered Jake Guentzel and Kasperi Kapanen; Oh yeah, Bryan Rust is still out on a week-to-week basis.