Malkin And Hagelin To Miss Game 1 Thursday

Coach Sullivan has ruled both out for the 2nd round opener against the Capitals

Eric Hagman
April 25, 2018 - 12:37 pm
Malkin and Hagelin

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Penguins will begin their Stanley Cup second-round playoff series without a pair of veteran forwards.  Coach Mike Sullivan said Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin are out of Thursday's game in Washington with injuries.  Neither player practiced for a second day on Wednesday.  Sullivan said they did skate on their own, adding that Malkin would make the trip, but Hagelin would stay in Pittsburgh.

Winger Dominic Simon, a healthy scratch in four of the six games vs the Flyers, replaced Hagelin on the second line during practice.

"It definitely (stinks) that we don't have these two guys because they're unbelievable players," Simon said.  "I still feel we have a great team.  We can do it now without them and later with them."

Phil Kessel doesn't believe losing his two linemates means the Penguins should throw in the towel.

"We have guys that are going to step up and contribute in any way," said Kessel.  "I think it's going to be a fun series."

Kessel was asked if he expects the Capitals to play them differently without Malkin and Hagelin:

"I don't think they're going to change their game.  They play a certain way and have done it all year long.  At this time of year, you don't change much of what you do."