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Letang, Malkin out for Penguins vs. Blackhawks

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward Evgeni Malkin are not playing against the Chicago Blackhawks at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

Letang sustained an undisclosed injury after Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo hit him into the boards during the first period of Pittsburgh’s 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday.

Malkin (undisclosed) missed time in the second period and then did not participate in the final 4:05 plus overtime against the Flyers. He was on the bench during overtime and attempted to take the ice during what became a too-many-men penalty against Pittsburgh.

Letang participated in the Wednesday morning skate but did not take the ice for warm-ups. Malkin did not take part in the morning skate but was in warm-ups.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Letang took part in the skate to get some activity but was undergoing tests and would be a game-time decision.

With Letang and defenseman Simon Despres (illness) out, the Penguins shuffled their defensive pairings during warm-ups. Robert Bortuzzo replaced Letang alongside Paul Martin; Scott Harrington remained with Christian Ehrhoff; and Rob Scuderi skated with Derrick Pouliot, who was recalled from the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Letang missed 45 games because of several injuries throughout the 2013-14 season but has rebounded with one of the better seasons of his career. He is third on the Penguins with 32 points in 40 games, 19 points behind forwards Sidney Crosby and Malkin, after scoring 22 points in 37 games last season.

Malkin was chosen to participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game to be played Sunday in Columbus (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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