February 12, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Pens' Letang and Malkin Out for Tonight's Game


Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang and forward Evgeni Malkin will reportedly miss Friday’s game against the New York Rangers – according to Sam Kasan of the team’s website.

Letang participated in morning skate with the team today, but may be leaning towards making a return to the lineup for Sunday’s game. The defenseman has not played since Dec. 13 against the New Jersey Devils, in which he suffered a open wound that required surgery to clean it.

In 24 games this season, Letang has collected 11 points (6G, 5A) and skated to a minus-6 rating.

Malkin has not performed since Dec. 14 after sustaining a lower-body injury, and did not participate in today’s morning skate. However, he did skate on his own before practice.

The 27-year-old appeared to be making a return tonight, but unfortunately he reportedly experienced discomfort after yesterday’s practice. Malkin just started to experience contact this week, so a couple more days should enable him to get back into tip-top form.

While he seems to be on track to perform in Sunday’s contest, Malkin is still questionable.

In 32 games this season, Malkin has collected 41 points (9G, 32A) and skated to a plus-2 rating.


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