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Hurtin’ Pens: Malkin (lower body) out vs. Boston, Ebbett broke his ankle

Dec 6, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

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More tough news on the Pittsburgh injury front Friday, as the club announced Evgeni Malkin would miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury, and that forward Andrew Ebbett has been placed on IR with a broken ankle.

Malkin, the NHL’s second star for November, reportedly suffered the injury during Thursday’s morning’s skate, which he left early. On Tuesday, he played 25:22 while picking up a pair of assists in a 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders.

The NHL’s second-leading scorer behind Pittsburgh teammate Sidney Crosby, Malkin has been named the NHL’s first star of the week in consecutive weeks. The 27-year-old had four goals and 21 assists in the month of November alone.

As for Ebbett, he’d appeared in five games for Pittsburgh after getting called up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following injuries to the likes of forwards Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass and Chuck Kobasew.

Ebbett broke his ankle during Thursday’s 5-1 win over San Jose, but still managed to play a season-high 14:43.

So, just to recap, Pittsburgh’s injured list…

Ebbett (broken ankle)
Bennett (hand/wrist surgery)
Glass (broken hand)
Paul Martin (fractured tibia)
Rob Scuderi (broken ankle)
Tomas Vokoun (blood clot)

  1. bgrillz - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Yet they just keep on winning. Still think Crosby sucks?

    • drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      But will he show up in the ECF this year ? Cuz last I checked they were steamrolled by a team that most thought, present company included, was vastly inferior to them.

      • justinhbhb - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        There is no way many people thought the Bruins were vastly inferior to the Penguins

      • jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        they gotta make it to the ecf first and then we’ll see. if you believe in the law of averages, his career 1.3 ppg in the playoffs should be enough to say that yes he will be just fine…especially considering out of the 15 playoff series’ that he’s competed in, he’s only been pointless in one of them. i will take those odds and his track record.

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    man games to injury are piling up but so are the points in the standings. hopefully they can keep getting points and guys dont have to be rushed back too soon (specifically martin, scuderi, glass, and bennett). the call-ups have been good at filling in, kinda wish jeffrey was still available though right about now. dupuis left the game early and megna missed time last night too, interested to see if they will be in saturday…the ranks are getting pretty thin.

  3. hockey412 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Well, that sucks.

    Forgot Malkin on that injured list.

  4. hazlydose - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Dupuis was also injured last night. The pens usually do pretty well when injuries occur, but at some point it is going to catch up to them. The good news is that they have a good lead on the division and even though a couple teams are starting to wake up, it is still theirs to lose.

  5. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Although the Penguins beat the Sharks 5-1 last night the Penguins really need Evgeni Malkin. I’m not worried about his injury yet but if goes past 5 games then I will start to worry.

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