Jordan Staal is the latest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins to succumb to an injury, as he was diagnosed with a knee injury that will keep him out for four to six weeks.
The Penguins also dodged a bullet when forward James Neal, who was initially diagnosed with a broken foot, was found to only have a bone bruise. Neal practiced prior to Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators and declared he was ready to play. Hopefully, he will not injure his foot further—like he doesn't believe he will—or end up with another injury.
With this said, the rest of the NHL will not sit back and take it easy on Pittsburgh. The team still has a grueling January ahead and have to keep plugging along with the lineup they have, which includes call-ups from the AHL team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The injury problems are unfortunate, but they are what they are, and the Penguins need to figure out where to go from here.
Here is what lies ahead for the Penguins, from players that need to step up to a breakdown of their upcoming opponents.