Justin Schultz to miss four months

Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Justin Schultz underwent successful surgery to repair a fracture in his lower left leg after suffering the injury Saturday night in Montreal. The Penguins made the official announcement Monday.

Schultz’ skate was caught in the ice during a collision with Canadiens’ center Tomas Plekanec causing his leg to buckle and his body to tumble down on top of it. He laid on the ice for a few minutes before he was helped to his feet and down the runway to the locker room.

Schultz has seen a lot of success since being traded to Pittsburgh in 2016 winning two straight Stanley Cups and setting a career high in points in the 2017-18 season with 51. Through four games this year, Schultz has four assists and has a +1 plus/minus rating.

The Penguins are looking ahead until at least February without Schultz. They do have eight NHL-caliber defensemen on the roster.

Jusso Riikola will get an extended look with the Schultz injury. For the next four months, the team won’t have to worry about scratching a high-paid defensemen in favor of Riikola.

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