PITTSBURGH - Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-3 weeks with a foot injury, it was announced by head coach Dan Bylsma Tuesday afternoon.
Malkin, 27, suffered the injury on his first shift against the St. Louis Blues Sunday afternoon.
“He got hurt on a play toward the net,” Bylsma said.
According to Bylsma, “the doctors haven’t indicated” that Malkin will need surgery on the injury.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for Malkin, who was starting to play at an extremely high level. In a two-game span against Detroit and Tampa Bay, he posted four goals and six points before Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Blues.
“It was a strong couple of games and to get that news it is disappointing,” Bylsma said. “We’d like him to remember and watch the last couple of games in terms of how he was playing for 2-3 weeks from now.”
Malkin missed 11 games earlier this season with lower-body injuries. He has 23 goals and 72 points in 60 games this season.
The Penguins have suffered 439 man-games lost this season, by far the most in the National Hockey League.
--Sam Kasan, Penguins Writer