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Penguins’ Jason Zucker out week-to-week after core surgery

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Dec 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jason Zucker (16) skates with the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jason Zucker (16) skates with the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jason Zucker had surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, the team said.

The Penguins said Zucker will be sidelined week to week and that they will have a more accurate timeframe for his recovery in the coming days.

The 30-year-old was placed on injured reserve Jan. 20. He has six goals, 13 points and a plus-1 rating in 31 games this season.

Zucker missed six practices in December with what were called “maintenance days,” then was listed as week to week with a lower-body injury. He returned to the lineup on Jan. 17 for the Penguins’ road game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Zucker skated on Evgeni Malkin’s left wing that night and scored two goals, but he has not played since.

He was placed on injured reserve three days later and designated as week-to-week with what coach Mike Sullivan said was the same lower-body injury.

Zucker’s surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.

The Penguins also lost forward Teddy Blueger this week after he had surgery on his fractured jaw.

–Field Level Media