PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – He didn’t play in the Islanders series but indirectly a reason they didn’t advance in the playoffs. Pens goalie Casey DeSmith underwent successful ‘bilateral core muscle injury repair’ on Thursday.
The 29-year-old goalie was 11-7 in 20 games this season, however the injury happened right before the playoffs and DeSmith wasn’t available as Tristan Jarry struggled. DeSmith had a team best .912 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average.
You wonder if DeSmith was dealing with the injury for a longer period-of-time. In his last six games, only once did he have a save percentage above .900. He gave up 23 goals over those half-dozen contests.
Pens said in a news release the surgery performed in Philadelphia with a recovery time of 6-8 weeks.