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Penguins' Malkin out with upper-body injury

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 7:26 PM / News

By Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Already missing Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins also will be without center Evgeni Malkin when they face the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

The team announced that Malkin was out with what is being called an upper-body injury.

Malkin played 18:46 in Thursday's 6-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a goal for the second consecutive game.

Pittsburgh has played without Crosby or Malkin 18 times this season and have a 14-4 record in those games, but this will be the Penguins' first game without either of them.

The Penguins said Malkin's absence had nothing to do with sunburn, as was suggested on Twitter.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery