Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss Wednesday night’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Penguins’ home game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
Malkin suffered a lower-body injury Saturday when he fell feet-first into the boards during the Penguins’ game in Detroit.
The Penguins are already missing Rob Scuderi (ankle), Paul Martin (undisclosed) and Brooks Orpik (concussion). The team put Kris Letang on injured reserve Monday with an upper-body injury.
“Right now all six [defensemen] need to play and need to play in a lot of different spots,” Bylsma said. “Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson, these guys step into the lineup and play meaningful situations against first-line, second-line guys. They’re playing on the penalty kill, they’re playing on the power play. They’re stepping in and playing in meaningful spots on our team. They’re doing a remarkable job. Not just in sheltered minutes. They’re playing big-time minutes for our group.”