The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without All-Star center Evgeni Malkin for the next week due to a lower-body injury.
“We’re going to hold him out for this week,” head coach Mike Sullivan said following Tuesday’s practice at CONSOL Energy Center. “He’s going to work with our medical and training staff for this week. We’ll evaluate him as we go.
“We think it’s in the best interest of ‘Geno’ and the team to take this approach, as far as getting him into a position to be ready to help this team.”
Malkin, 29, missed the past three games for Pittsburgh. He will miss the next three contests over the following week when the Pens host the NY Rangers on Wednesday and travel to Carolina Friday and Florida Monday.
“It’s not long term, but I don’t want to sit here and say it’s day-to-day,” Sullivan said. “It is what it is. We’re going to shut him down for this week. He’s going to rehab with our staff. We will evaluate him on a daily basis as we go through this process.”
Sullivan said the team hopes to expedite the process of Malkin’s rehab, but the team will not rush his return.
“We obviously want him in our lineup. But we’re also concerned that we do the right thing for our athletes and our team long-term,” Sullivan said. “We’re making sure we take a cautious approach.”
Note: Defenseman Kris Letang and forward Matt Cullen were given maintenance days … Defenseman David Warsofsky, who has missed the past eight games with a concussion, skated in his second straight practice … There was no change in status or update on forward Beau Bennett’s upper-body injury.