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Robert Bortuzzo | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
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Robert Bortuzzo will be scratched Wednesday night versus the Washington Capitals.
Christian Ehrhoff will return to the Pens lineup after missing 12 games with a concussion, which means Bortuzzo will come out of the lineup Wednesday night. Bortuzzo is the complete opposite of Ehrhoff as Bortuzzo offers toughness and the ability to accrue penalty minutes, while Ehrhoff is more of an offensive defenseman. In 37 games this season, Bortuzzo has two goals, four assists, and 68 penalty minutes. Feb 25 - 7:54 PM

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Robert Bortuzzo realizes he has to play better to get back into the lineup.

"Just elevate your play," Bortuzzo said about how to get back in the lineup. "I thought I could play better. I’ve been through stuff like this before. You just learn from it. You learn from watching the game. You work hard in practice and hopefully you elevate your play when you get the opportunity to get back in there." Bortuzzo has five points in 20 games thus far with 28 blocks and 71 hits to go with 36 penalty minutes.
Jan 18 - 9:43 AM

Robert Bortuzzo and Andrew Ebbett will be a healthy scratch against the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Through 20 games so far this season, Bortuzzo has five, 28 blocks, 36 PIMs, and 71 hits. Not exactly lighting it up for fantasy purposes.
Jan 16 - 7:03 PM

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is expected to be on the blue line Saturday night against the Capitals.

Bortuzzo has missed the Pens last five games due to an upper body injury but will draw back into the lineup Saturday night. He was skating in warmups and will most likely pair up with Derrick Pouliot. In 12 games this season, he has recorded two goals and three assists to go with 18 penalty minutes.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 07:10:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) doesn't have the mumps.

The Penguins tested Bortuzzo after he started feeling ill on Wednesday. He's still sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo is being tested for the mumps after he was feeling ill on Wednesday.

He suffered an upper-body injury on Saturday and now he's been quarantined as a precaution because of an illness.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo's undisclosed injury is related to his upper body.

Bortuzzo was hurt in the second period of Saturday's contest. He's out Monday and is regarded as day-to-day beyond that. With Bortuzzo unavailable, look for Brian Dumoulin to be inserted into the Penguins' lineup after spending two games in the press box.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo was injured in the second period Saturday and did not return.

Bortuzzo's injury and severity is unknown at this time. He had just returned to the Penguins lineup on Monday after missing a couple of games due to a suspension for his hit on Jaromir Jagr. He has two goals and five points with 18 penalty minutes in 12 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo will be back in the Penguins lineup Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

With Olli Maatta now out with an undisclosed injury, Bortuzzo will draw back into the Penguins lineup on defense. He has two goals and two assists in nine games on the year and will pair up with Christian Ehrhoff.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo is serving the first game of his two-game suspension on Thursday.

The Penguins are taking on the Canucks. Bortuzzo was suspended for his hit on Jaromir Jagr earlier this week. He is eligible to return on December 8th against the New York Rangers.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo seems to disagree with the NHL's assessment of his hit to Jaromir Jagr.

Bortuzzo will serve a two-game suspension over the incident. "I wasn't targeting anything in that way," Bortuzzo said. "I've watched it a few times. I believe I made contact with the chest. It was a full-body check." The big issue with Bortuzzo's hit wasn't that he was targeting Jagr's head, it's that he delivered the hit so late that Jagr wasn't eligible to be checked at all. The league noted that "the onus is entirely upon Bortuzzo to avoid contact completely, and he has ample time to do so."
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo has received a two-game suspension for his late hit on Jaromir Jagr.

The league felt that Bortuzzo's hit was worthy of supplemental discipline because of its "extreme lateness, its predatory nature, and the significant head contact that results from the way it's delivered." Jagr was injured on the play and had to leave the contest. Bortuzzo will be eligible to return on Dec. 8.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo (illness) was able to play on Tuesday, but he might find himself missing some time due to a possible suspension.

Bortuzzo delivered a late hit to New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr and will have a hearing as a result. "I thought it was a real liberty, totally unnecessary," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. He also suggested that it was a hit to the head. Bortuzzo didn't receive a penalty for his actions.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Robert Bortuzzo missed the Penguins' Tuesday morning skate due to an illness.

Bortuzzo is also questionable for Tuesday's game. He has two goals and four points in eight contests.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Robert Bortuzzo took advantage of an injury to Kris Letang to score his second of the season Saturday.

Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch on Friday and was heading to the same fate on Saturday when Letang was ruled out with a minor lower body injury. It was an impressive goal from the defensive defenseman as he went end-to-end to score. "We always stress to get your feet moving," Bortuzzo said. "One of their defenseman went toward Siller (left wing Zach Sill). I just took the ice and went with it." He now has four points in eight games with a plus-three rating.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 09:47:00 AM

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D1Kris Letang
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