Penguins defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel have been placed on the NHL’s list for covid-19 protocol.
The team did not specifically announce if either player has tested positive for the virus.
They join defenseman Kris Letang who has been in protocol since Oct. 23 after testing positive and has been symptomatic. On Friday, coach Mike Sullivan indicated Letang’s symptoms have improved.
Players in protocol must remain in isolation for 10 days. However, those players may be released early from isolation if they are vaccinated, asymptomatic and test negative on two consecutive days within that 10-day window.
General manager Ron Hextall has indicated every player in the organization is vaccinated.
Pettersson has played in all eight of the Penguins’ games this season and has four points (one goal, three assists).
For Ruhwedel, he has no points in eight games.
With Pettersson and Ruhwedel removed from the active roster, defenseman P.O Joseph has been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Appearing in six AHL games this season, Joseph has three assists.
The Penguins’ next game is a home contest against the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
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