Maine Hockey Journal

Gerbe and Slattengren return to the lineup

Portland, ME – After all of the injuries that have struck the Portland Pirates as of late, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel with reinforcements coming back to the lineup.

Nathan Gerbe and Aaron Slattengren will be back in the lineup tonight when the Pirates take on the Norfolk Admirals.

Gerbe, who was assigned by the Sabres yesterday, suffered an upper body injury that forced him to miss six games. Prior to the injury, he was a plus-3 with one assist in six games.

“Its tough coming back, said Gerbe.” Those are never the words you want to hear as a hockey player in the NHL, but you have to just work hard and work on things to get back (to the NHL).”

During his time in Portland before being recalled, Gerbe had 24 points in 21 games and was constantly was considered an offense threat to opposing teams.

“Having an over a point a game guy in your lineup makes a big difference,” said Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen. “He played solid hockey while in Buffalo and now he’s going to get a chance to be a dominate player in the American Hockey League.”

As for Slattengren, he suffered a shoulder injury back on Dec. 14 against Albany and missed seven games. In 21 games with the Pirates, he’s put up eight points and has a plus-5 rating on the team.

“That’s a huge plus for us to get him back,” said Dineen. “He’s just a diverse player and does a lot of good things when he’s (on the ice).”

Dineen also noted that Mike Card was make solid progress since going down with a concussion on Nov. 14 that’s forced him to miss the last 20 games. In addition, Jimmy Bonneau, who suffered a broken hand in a fight on Nov. 26, is close to returning to full-time action.

Enroth will get his ninth straight start tonight.

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