Malkin was injured during Friday night's game against Buffalo. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says an MRI on Saturday shows tears to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. He says treatment options are being discussed, and rehab is a possibility.
Malkin collided with defenseman Tyler Myers in the second period. The former league scoring champion had missed the previous five games because of an injured left knee and sinus infection. He has missed 10 games this season, most related to his knee.
Bylsma said the team had managed without Malkin and "that's what we're going to have to look at now."
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday