Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith is likely injured for the remainder of their first-round series against the New York Rangers, reports Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli. An update provided by the team states he will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.
All signs point to Louis Domingue starting Game 2 for #pens, likely backed up by Alex D’Orio.
Seems unlikely Casey DeSmith (groin) will be available again vs. #NYR
Progress: Tristan Jarry (foot fracture) is out of walking boot, rehabbing and possible to return later in Round 1.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 5, 2022
Casey DeSmith Likely Injured for Remainder of First Round
It’s Louis’ Net Now
DeSmith abruptly left Tuesday night’s thrilling triple-overtime win at Madison Square Garden with a groin injury. Before exiting, DeSmith made 48 saves on 51 shots.
The bigger worry for Pittsburgh is that DeSmith was already their backup goaltender. Usual starter Tristan Jarry has been out since mid-April with a broken foot. Ten-season journeyman Louis Domingue is one who stepped in for DeSmith at the 10:42 mark of the second OT period and became the goaltender of record after Evgeni Malkin’s eventual game-winner at 5:58 of the third and final overtime period.
In his now two postseason appearances, Domingue has not allowed a single goal on 24 shots faced. That feat is certainly sure to fall at some point during tonight’s Game 2 matchup against the same Rangers. Nonetheless, the 30-year-old goalie is a firm believer in staying ready so you don’t have to get ready.
“Some spicy pork and broccoli.”
Louis Domingue was FEASTIN’ before entering the game. 😋 pic.twitter.com/1CAw4IXIoc
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 4, 2022
Domingue is expected to be backed up by 23-year-old Alex D’Orio, who will be making his NHL debut the first time he steps in between the pipes.
An Early Jarry Return?
Normal starter Tristian Jarry was originally expected to return no earlier than the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Penguins have yet to make an official announcement, but that has not stopped speculation that Jarry could return to the lineup before the end of this series. That would provide a boost the Penguins could certainly afford to use given they are going against this year’s Vezina walkaway Igor Shesterkin.
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