Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese out with ‘longer-term’ injury

Pittsburgh Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese shoots on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese will miss some time while dealing with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.

Aston-Reese missed Pittsburgh’s Tuesday-night tilt with the New Jersey Devils — a 3-2 loss — for what was assumed to be a healthy scratch. Sullivan said Wednesday that the Penguins rookie was in fact injured during Monday’s practice, and characterized the injury as “longer term.”

Pittsburgh also lost starting netminder Matt Murray during Monday’s practice, as the 23-year-old was diagnosed with a concussion after taking a puck to the mask.

Through 10 games at the NHL level this season, which have included plenty of shifts on captain Sidney Crosby‘s wing, Aston-Reese has posted four goals and six points. He’s amassed nine goals and 29 points in 41 games for Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in 2017-18.

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