Jake Guentzel injury update: Pittsburgh Penguins' woes continue with All-Star now out long-term

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As if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't lost enough players to injury, they'll now be without Jake Guentzel for quite some time. The 25-year-old underwent shoulder surgery after suffering an upper-body injury Monday night against the Ottawa Senators and is now expected to miss 4-6 months, the team announced Tuesday.

Going to the net with Evgeni Malkin, Guentzel tapped in a pass for his 20th goal of the season and 200th career NHL point. Following the goal, he collided with Thomas Chabot and crashed straight into the boards, falling hard to the ice. He was able to get up and skate off under his own power, immediately going down the tunnel to the dressing room. Following the game, coach Mike Sullivan had no update on Guentzel's status.

Guentzel had been named to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Monday, earning a deserving spot on the Metropolitan Team roster.

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Through 39 games this season, Guentzel has totaled 20 goals and 43 points, including three points on Monday. For almost half of the season, he's been able to help the team maintain its playoff positioning, as the Penguins have battled without the services of forwards Sidney Crosby and Nick Bjugstad and defensemen Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin.

The Pens will have to see more of their offensive arsenal step up as Guentzel recovers. While Malkin can continue to provide the services of a top-line center, players like Alex Galchenyuk will be expected to rise to the occasion.

On the more optimistic side of things, Crosby was seen on the ice at Tuesday's practice.

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