PITTSBURGH -- The largest set of injuries the Pittsburgh Penguins have faced this season will lead to a nearly unrecognizable Pittsburgh lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).
Forward Evgeni Malkin, who sustained a lower-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, is day-to-day and will not play Monday, according to coach Dan Bylsma. He also said defenseman Kris Letang has been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Sidney Crosby said his team will need to play at its best to compensate for the injuries.
"I think you want to make sure you're at your best," Crosby said. "I think that's always the case but I think it's pretty natural when guys are missing for everyone to want to pick it up a little bit more and find ways when guys are out."
Defenseman Deryk Engelland, who will have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday after hitting Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the head Saturday, also is out.
The Penguins already were without three defensemen and four forwards. Defenseman Rob Scuderi (ankle) and forward Tanner Glass (hand) participated in Pittsburgh's morning skate Monday but will not play against Toronto.
"I think I'm pretty far ahead of schedule but certainly I've had a couple of X-rays recently and they just don't feel quite ready enough to let me play," Scuderi said. "I can practice with the team, which is a great thing for me, I think.
"It's only a matter of time."
Scuderi is expected to return in the next 7-9 days, while Glass could return in 3-5 days.
Pittsburgh will play seven players who have spent significant time in the American Hockey League this season, including defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Harry Zolnierczyk, who were recalled Monday morning.
Jussi Jokinen will center the second line with Zolnierczyk and Jayson Megna, while Samuelsson will join Simon Despres to reform a pairing used by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL earlier this season.
"The young guys are excited," Niskanen said. "They're full of enthusiasm and young legs. I know just about everybody, but I'll get to know some of them a little bit more now.
"It's kind of a crummy situation to have some guys out, but I'm excited for the young guys to get a chance."
Here are the expected lineups for the Penguins and Maple Leafs:
Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Kris Letang (upper body), Brooks Orpik (head), Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Beau Bennett (wrist), Tanner Glass (hand), Paul Martin (leg), Rob Scuderi (ankle), Tomas Vokoun (pelvis)
Suspended: David Clarkson