Head coach Dan Bylsma announced Thursday that forward Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder strain. It is not the same shoulder that kept Malkin out of the lineup during the beginning of the 2006-07 season and the team is being cautious.
"Geno is going to be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks," Bylsma said. "He strained his shoulder about 10 days or so ago. I don’t know the exact day. It is precautionary for the player. We are worried about the safety of the shoulder. A couple weeks of rest and rehab will get that thing healthy so he can get back onto the ice.
Befitting a player who had played 254 consecutive regular-season games through Wednesday's action, Malkin was naturally disappointed by the news.
"Obviously he has played with it and could gut it out, which is what Geno would be apt to do," Bylsma said. "At this time of the year the concern is the player and this is a precautionary measure."
Although disappointed, Malkin will accompany the Penguins on their trip to Columbus.
"I can play good, but it’s the early season," Malkin said about the injury. "I feel good. It’s not a big problem, and I’m fine. I’ll be watching and supporting the team on the trip. It’ll be fine."
"It’s okay. It’s not the pain. It feels good. It’s because it doesn’t feel comfortable now."