After last night’s win against the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gave an update on the status of Evgeni Malkin. Malkin did not play in last night’s game due to an upper-body injury he suffered during this past Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Bylsma said that Malkin was re-evaluated and that he does have an upper body injury. He will be out of the lineup for approximately 1-2 weeks. Malkin suffered the injury in the third period of the game against the Maple Leafs when winger James van Riemsdyk hit him hard into the boards. After the hit, Malkin played the remaining minutes of the game in regulation but did not return to play in overtime and was not included in the shootout lineup. Bylsma later revealed that this was just a precaution until he was able to be evaluated. Many had speculated it was another injury to his head, but we now know that isn’t the case fortunately. After Malkin had suffered a concussion a few weeks ago, any further injury to the head would not likely bode well for the second-line centerman.
Dustin Jeffrey replaced Malkin on the second line alongside James Neal and Beau Bennett in tonight’s game against the Islanders and from the looks of things, Malkin doesn’t need to be in a hurry to get back to the ice as the team is taking pretty good care of business without him. However, the real test will come on Tuesday night when the Boston Bruins are in town.