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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
55-23-4 114
52-23-7 111
39-27-16 94
40-31-11 91
38-32-12 88
38-33-11 87
38-39-5 81
27-43-12 66

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2023 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 3 4 -6 12:42 4

Top Chad Ruhwedel News

  • Rangers' Chad Ruhwedel: Traded to Rangers

    Ruhwedel was traded to the Rangers from the Penguins on Friday in exchange for a 2027 fourth-round pick.

    Ruhwedel has spent the past eight seasons in Pittsburgh -- this year, he's registered just one goal and three assists through 47 contests. The 33-year-old will bring his physical presence to New York, as he's logged 75 hits and 37 blocked shots this campaign. He will most likely serve as nothing more than a depth option for the Rangers down the stretch.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Available against Golden Knights

    Ruhwedel (undisclosed) feels fine after exiting Monday's 3-0 win over Seattle for precautionary reasons and should be available Saturday versus Vegas, per Wes Crosby of

    Ruhwedel, who left the game after absorbing a hit from Eeli Tolvanen, believes he could have even returned before the conclusion of Monday's contest if the hit had occurred earlier. Ruhwedel has a goal, two points, 38 hits and 23 blocks in 28 outings in 2023-24. He'll likely serve on the third pairing Saturday.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Suffers injury Monday

    Ruhwedel (undisclosed) was injured in the third period of Monday's 3-0 win over Seattle.

    Head coach Mike Sullivan wasn't able to provide an update on Ruhwedel's status following the contest. The 33-year-old defender left the game after taking a hit from behind from Eeli Tolvanen. It's unclear at this time if Ruhwedel will be available to play Saturday versus Vegas.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Posts rare point in win

    Ruhwedel scored on his only shot in Monday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.

    Ruhwedel is a stay-at-home defenseman averaging a career low in ice time (12:24). His personal best in points took place in 2021-22 when he added four goals and nine assists through 78 games. Ruhwedel has a pair of points through 25 contests this season.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Off injured reserve

    Ruhwedel (lower body) was removed from injured reserve Saturday, per the NHL media site.

    Ruhwedel has an assist, 18 hits and 14 blocks in 15 contests this season. Although this move indicates that he's available, Ruhwedel might be a healthy scratch Saturday versus Toronto.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Traveling with team

    Ruhwedel (lower body) has begun skating and joined the Penguins on their three-game road trip, Penguins play-by-play announcer Josh Getzoff reports Monday.

    Ruhwedel isn't expected to be in action against the Flyers on Monday but could be an option later in the trip if he is cleared to practice with the team. Even if he does receive medical clearance, the blueliner is far from a lock to crack the lineup ahead of Ryan Shea or John Ludvig.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Designated for injured reserve

    Ruhwedel (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve Tuesday, per the NHL media site.

    Ruhwedel's designation for injured reserve shouldn't come as a surprise considering he was labeled week-to-week by coach Mike Sullivan. By putting the veteran defenseman on IR, the Penguins will be able to either activate John Ludvig (concussion) or call up a blueliner from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Even when healthy, Ruhwedel is far from a lock for the lineup and could find himself serving as a healthy scratch periodically.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Officially labeled week-to-week

    Ruhwedel (lower body) is considered week-to-week according to coach Mike Sullivan, Pens Inside Scoop reports Tuesday.

    Ruhwedel's injury comes at a bad time for the Penguins as Pierre-Olivier Joseph (lower body) is already on injured reserve. Unless John Ludvig (concussion) is ready to play against the Rangers on Wednesday, Pittsburgh will need to call up a player from the minors to fill out the third pairing. Ty Smith would likely have the inside track though both Taylor Fedun and Xavier Ouellet have NHL experience.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Suffers lower-body injury

    Ruhwedel left Sunday's game against Vegas with a lower-body injury and did not return.

    Ruhwedel logged 10:46 of ice time and two hits before exiting the contest. Head coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update ready on the veteran blueliner after the game. Ruhwedel has one assist in 15 games this season.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Scores first goal of 2022-23

    Ruhwedel netted a goal in a 4-3 victory over Washington on Saturday.

    Ruhwedel's marker came midway through the second period to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-0. It was his first goal and fifth point in 42 contests this season. Ruhwedel was held off the scoresheet over his previous seven outings. The 32-year-old defenseman hasn't recorded more than 13 points in a single campaign, so he's never been a significant offensive contributor.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Gathers helper

    Ruhwedel logged an assist, two blocked shots and two PIM in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche.

    With injuries piling up on the Penguins' blue line, Ruhwedel has appeared in three straight games. His helper was his first point in his last six contests. The 32-year-old defenseman has five assists, 34 shots on net, 77 hits, 41 blocked shots and a minus-2 rating through 40 appearances. Even when he's in the lineup, he rarely sees more than bottom-four minutes.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Surprising two-point effort

    Ruhwedel recorded two assists in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

    The veteran defenseman was in and out of the lineup due to injury and went 27 games without getting onto the scoresheet from mid-November through the All-Star break, but he's suddenly produced three helpers in his last three games. Ruhwedel has never had more than 13 points in an NHL season, however, and 2022-23 doesn't figure to break that pattern given his lack of power-play time and bottom-pairing role.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Snaps slump Friday

    Ruhwedel notched an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and a plus-3 rating in Friday's 6-3 win over the Ducks.

    Ruhwedel has been a scratch on occasion this season, but he's played in every game in 2023. He snapped a 27-game point drought with a secondary helper on Bryan Rust's third-period tally. Ruhwedel has just two assists through 32 contests overall while logging a small role on the Penguins' third pairing. While he's added 61 hits and 32 blocked shots, the 32-year-old is a non-factor in most fantasy formats.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Continuing to play despite slump

    Ruhwedel hasn't recorded a point since Nov. 11 versus Toronto, which is his only point this season.

    Ruhwedel has never been an offensive force and frequently serves as the seventh defenseman on the depth chart. Once Jan Rutta (upper body) is cleared to play, Ruhwedel will almost certainly find himself watching from the press box as a healthy scratch.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Ready to rock

    Ruhwedel (upper body) will be back in the lineup Monday against Boston.

    Pittsburgh will dress seven defensemen in the Winter Classic with Ruhwedel back in the fold. Ryan Poehling and Drew O'Connor are listed as scratches for the contest. Ruhwedel, who had been out since Dec. 27, has one assist, 10 shots on goal, 15 blocks and 21 hits in 17 games this season.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Is minus-1 in return

    Ruhwedel (upper body) had a minus-1 rating in a 2-1 loss to Boston in Monday's Winter Classic.

    Ruhwedel also recorded two hits and a blocked shot in 11:13 of ice time. He had been held out of Pittsburgh's previous two games because of the injury. Ruhwedel has an assist, 23 hits and 16 blocks in 18 games this season. He hasn't registered a point in his last seven contests, but the 32-year-old has been credited with 10 hits and nine blocks over that span.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Won't play Friday

    Ruhwedel (upper body) won't play Friday against New Jersey.

    Ruhwedel also missed Wednesday's game versus Detroit because of the injury. He has an assist in 17 contests this season. Ty Smith is set to make his Penguins' debut on the third pairing with Brian Dumoulin.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Sidelined with upper-body issue

    Per Wes Crosby of, Ruhwedel (upper body) is still being evaluated, indicating he won't be available for Wednesday's game versus the Red Wings.

    Ruhwedel will miss at least one contest with the upper-body injury he sustained during Tuesday's loss to the Islanders. With Ruhwedel sidelined, look for Ty Smith or Mark Friedman to enter the lineup against Detroit.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Departs in second period

    Ruhwedel (undisclosed) exited Tuesday's game versus the Islanders in the second period, Taylor Haase of reports.

    Ruhwedel was in and out of the locker room, but left late in the second period and didn't return for the third. The 32-year-old defenseman has just one assist through 17 appearances this season, so he likely won't be missed much in fantasy. If Ruhwedel isn't able to play Wednesday versus the Red Wings, Mark Friedman would likely enter the lineup. Head coach Mike Sullivan clarified Ruhwedel is dealing with an upper-body injury, per Haase.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Held off scoresheet again

    Ruhwedel was blanked against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

    Ruhwedel has been pressed into service with Kris Letang (illness) sidelined indefinitely but shouldn't be expected to replace Letang's offensive production. In his 10 appearances this year, Ruhwedel has just one helper, seven shots and 13 hits while averaging a mere 13:36 of ice time.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 191 lbs
Birthplace: San Diego, CA
Age: 34
Experience: 11
Shoots: Right