By: Casey Shea

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without a key piece of their defense corps as they battle to qualify for the playoffs.

According to the Penguins, Olli Maatta suffered an injury during Thursday night’s 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

The injury is only being described as “lower-body” and that he is considered week to week.

No other information has been released.

In 67 games this season, Maatta has six goals and 13 assists.

This is the second significant injury Maatta has suffered this season.

On Nov. 17, Maatta was injured when he was hit by Nino Niederreiter and fell awkwardly into an open door at Minnesota’s bench.

Following the hit, Maatta immediately began reaching for his back in obvious pain. He was helped off the ice and taken to the hospital, where he spent the night.

He missed six games before returning on Dec. 5 against the Los Angeles Kings.

Last month, the Penguins signed Maatta to a six-year extension. The deal begins with the 2016-17 season and runs through the 2021-22 campaign, and has an average annual value of $4.083 million.

The Penguins are already without the services of Evgeni Malkin for at least the remainder of the regular season.

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