Following notching two assists in Wednesday’s 4–2 gain more than the Lightning, Penguins’ centre Evgeni Malkin has been ruled out for at minimum the up coming two game titles with an upper-system damage.
“I’m disappointed for him simply because he had a terrific activity,” Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters prior to Friday’s activity versus Ottawa. “That was a activity he could actually build on. We’re hopeful this is a quick-term thing, and he’ll be ideal back in our lineup.”
In Wednesday’s activity, apart from surpassing 600 occupation helps, the centre dropped the gloves with 2019 All-Star Steven Stamkos. It is unclear if the damage is linked to the fisticuffs.
Mentor Sullivan on Malkin: “Right now he’s day-to-day with an upper-system damage. He will not engage in tonight or this weekend. We are hopeful that this is a quick-term thing and he’ll be back in our lineup soon.”
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The 12-yr veteran has 14 goals and a staff-top 41 helps this season but had been actively playing poorly of late. He was sporting a minus-20 in addition/minus score getting into Wednesday’s activity.
Malkin will now pass up the team’s back-to-back game titles versus Ottawa Friday evening and Saturday in Toronto. Pittsburgh is hoping to have him back versus Carolina Feb. 5.