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Malkin update: Penguins estimate he’ll be out 1-2 weeks

Mar 10, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

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So far, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ offense has remained red-hot, even without Evgeni Malkin. The word from the team is that they’ll be without him for 1-2 weeks with his latest ailment.

The Penguins maintain that he’s suffering from an upper-body injury (but not a concussion, at least not yet).

Malkin, 26, played in three games following a March 4 return from a Feb. 22 concussion before this happened. This latest ailment cropped up thanks to a James van Riemsdyk hit from Saturday. He’s scored 24 points in 21 games in 2013.

Pittsburgh blew out the New York Islanders 6-1 tonight without Malkin.

If you believe that Sidney Crosby and Malkin play even better when one of them is out of the lineup, Sunday’s game advanced that argument; Crosby matched a career-high with five assists while Chris Kunitz had a hat trick tonight.

  1. ahhhyeah - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I don’t think the Penguins will miss Malkin too much, as they seem to be able to score pretty easily lately. The Penguins vs. Bruins games coming up will be great to watch. Whoever wins the series will probably be in the drivers seat to be the 1 seed in the east.

  2. killerpgh - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    That sucks. Hopefully it’s not a lingering type of shoulder injury. Rest up and get healthy for the playoffs.

    • orangandblack - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Wasn’t it you who mentioned some ridiculous stretch like 5 games in 8 nights, two of which against Boston? (Something like that)…..terrible time to miss a week or two. Could be worse though

  3. 5hole26 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    just another day at the office for sid and co.

  4. jtm12180 - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Two of the best players in the world…not sure it’d come as such a surprise for them to step up

  5. 950003cups - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Didn’t Devils Andy Greene deflect a great shot in his own net last night as well?

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