Malkin Out ‘Week-to-Week’ with Upper-Body Injury

Penguins fall to Flyers with Malkin out of lineup

Josh Rowntree
March 17, 2019 - 11:08 pm
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena.

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On top of Sunday night’s loss to rival Philadelphia, the Penguins took another hit. And it may be a big one. 

Center Evgeni Malkin did not play in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 overtime defeat to the Flyers and, postgame, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that Malkin is "week-to-week with an upper-body injury."

Malkin took a hard cross-check from St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to his side during Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Blues. Malkin laid on the ice for an extended period of time, but remained active through the duration of the game. 

“He’s a tough guy to replace,” Sullivan said. “He’s an elite player, so that speaks for itself.”

Before the loss to St. Louis, Malkin celebrated his 1000th career point, which he picked in Tuesday’s win over Washington. 

So far this season, he is third on the team with 71 points, including 21 goals. 

Malkin’s spot on the second line was filled Sunday night by Teddy Blueger, who scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal. But Sullivan was non-committal on if Blueger could be a potential replacement with Malkin out.

“As far as what we’re going to do moving forward, we’ll probably take it game-to-game and see how it goes.”

Holding onto the third spot in the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins will quickly need to find a solution, with a four-game road trip coming over the next eight days. 

Pittsburgh will play games at Carolina, Nashville, Dallas and New York (Rangers) before returning home to play four of its last five games at PPG Paints Arena. 

Hear all of what Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had to say below.