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No Malkin for Penguins on Saturday

Apr 13, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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The already-shorthanded Pittsburgh Penguins will reportedly be without Evgeni Malkin on Saturday, but it’s difficult to tell if he’s injured or just getting the night off.

If you read enough into a bit from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe, you might think Malkin should be listed as “day-to-day (sun burn).”

Note: the team lists his injury as an upper-body issue, however. Yohe speculates that if his issues are beyond the aid of aloe, they could be shoulder-related.

The 26-year-old center has been through some serious ups and downs with injuries this season, so it seems like both scenarios are plausible enough.

NFL teams are known to rest key players late in the season when they have a playoff position locked up, and that’s during just a 16-game season where there are few “filler” contests. Even in this condensed campaign, it makes sense that the Penguins are opting to keep Malkin fresh; they do already have the Atlantic Division locked up, after all.

That being said, they might want to get him some better sunscreen with summer rapidly approaching.

(At least the Penguins’ remaining regular season schedule is devoid of UV ray hazard areas such as Arizona, Florida, Texas and California … )

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I’m sure it’s the shoulder – he practiced, and I’m sure he could have played if it was necessary – as it is NOT, rest up.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Yeah you could tell something wasn’t right just after he got hit in the Tampa game. The fact he finished and played well is a good sign. He just agravated the shoulder.

      • JoeAvg - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        The Post Gazzette is reporting it’s because of SUNBURN!!!!

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        hahhahahahahahahahaha

      • JoeAvg - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Yeah pretty silly huh? I didn’t read the article and I hope they gave the real reason in it but that’s the headline that came through on the rss feed. Gotta love the media.

  2. steelers88 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    The Penguins are screwed you can forget about winning the Cup if Malkin and Crosby are both out of the playoffs.

  3. jakreidler - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Goodbye, chances of winning my league.

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