Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks with an upper-body injury, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Malkin was injured in Friday night’s game against Columbus.
This season, Malkin is Pittsburgh’s second-leading goal (27) and point (58) scorer in 57 games played. His average of 1.02 points per contest is tied with teammate Sidney Crosby for the third-best mark in the NHL.
Earlier this year, the Penguins played 10-consecutive games without Malkin from Feb. 5-24, during which the team went 5-4-1. Historically, the Penguins have been able to find ways to compensate for Malkin’s absence, as their all-time record when he is injured is 70-45-9 (.601 pct.).
The Penguins battle the New York Rangers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in a nationally televised contest on NBC. The game can also be heard on the Penguins’ official flagship station, 105.9 The X.