Dec 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) get checked by the trainer after getting injured in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Pittsburgh won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Malkin Injured, But Optimistic; Letang Out


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Evgeni Malkin left the game in the third period of Saturday’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings, after crashing awkwardly into the boards.

Head coach Dan Bylsma reported after the game that Malkin suffered a lower-body injury, and will wait to further evaluate him tomorrow.

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported via Twitter that Malkin was walking around the locker room – because when he got hurt it was feared to be an ankle issue – but he did show a slight limp in his step.

Malkin finished the night with three points (1G, 2A) and now has 41 points (9G, 32A) on the season – five behind the league-leader Sidney Crosby (46). Malkin leads the league in assists.

Defenseman Kris Letang was a late scratch for Saturday’s game, as he was deemed unable to go against Detroit after participating in pre-game warmups. Bylsma said Letang’s dealing with an upper-body injury and will undergo tests tomorrow.

Yohe tweeted that Letang was unsure about the severity of his injury:

Should Pittsburgh move forward without Letang for an extended period of time, they will be minus their top-4 defenseman (Letang, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi). Hopefully Letang’s ailment isn’t too serious.

While the injuries continue to pile up, Pittsburgh keeps on winning. Defeating Detroit 4-1 Saturday night, the Pens have won eight of their last nine games, and they now are ten points up on the second-place team (Washington Capitals) in the Metropolitan Division.


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