Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Evgeni Malkin will reportedly miss the next two games, and is set to be re-evaluated over the weekend – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the team’s Twitter handle.
Bylsma also noted that Malkin skated on his own back in Pittsburgh:
Malkin out Wed & Thur games. He’ll be re-evaluated for the weekend. He skated on his own in Pittsburgh, per Bylsma #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 18, 2013
Malkin has not played since he left Saturday’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings, in which he crashed awkwardly feet-first into the boards. The 27-year-old star center was seen walking around the locker room with a slight limp after the game, but didn’t appear to show any long-term issues.
Malkin is currently listed as day-to-day, and was not placed on injured reserve.
If Malkin is found to have a bigger injury than first speculated, it will certainly be a huge blow for Pittsburgh. Malkin ranks third in the scoring race with 47 points (9G, 32A) and leads the league in assists (32).
Should Malkin be IR bound, he will be the tenth Pens’ player currently placed on it.