Penguins notebook: Malkin to miss 2nd straight game Saturday
Penguins star Evgeni Malkin strolled through the locker room at Southpointe on Friday displaying no apparent signs of a limp.
Still, a “lower-body” injury to Malkin is causing enough problems that the center won't play when the Penguins take on the Bruins in an Eastern Conference showdown Saturday at TD Garden.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin remains “day-to-day” and offered no indication the injury is serious.
After Saturday's game in Boston, the Penguins play at home Monday against Columbus before having three days off.
Malkin was injured at some point during Thursday's morning skate, immediately prompting the Penguins to announce he wouldn't play against the Sharks. The 27-year-old center was enjoying one of the hottest stretches of his career before the injury with 19 points in his previous nine games. Malkin has scored a point in 15 of his past 16 games.
Good news, bad news
The Penguins received mixed results on the injury front, aside from Malkin.
Right wing Pascal Dupuis was injured in the second period against San Jose — neither the specific nature of the injury nor the cause has been made available — and did not return. The injury took place one shift after Dupuis scored to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
Bylsma said Dupuis will travel with the Penguins to Boston, an indication that the veteran will attempt to play against the Bruins.
The news wasn't so good for forward Andrew Ebbett.
Bylsma said Ebbett, recently called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and playing effectively on the third line with center Brandon Sutter, suffered a broken ankle while blocking a shot against San Jose. There is no timetable for his return.
The Penguins coaching staff was pleased with Harry Zolnierczyk's work during a cameo stint earlier this season. The forward will get another look because of the team's injury situation.
Zolnierczyk, whose speed and tenacity have many in the organization convinced he can be a regular NHL player as an energy-driven fourth-liner, met the team in Boston on Friday.
One of the bright spots in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's strong start, Zolnierczyk has scored nine goals in 18 AHL games this season.
Skating with 66
The Mario Lemieux Foundation announced that fans are invited to attend games during Lemieux's fantasy hockey camp Jan. 4 at Consol Energy Center.
And there will be good reason for fans to attend.
In an extremely rare on-ice appearance, Lemieux, 48, will play in at least one of the games. Tickets for the event cost $15 and are good for both games.
Fans may order tickets by calling the Penguins ticket office.
Around the boards
The Penguins moved the starting time of their practice up about 30 minutes Friday so their plane could depart for Boston before inclement weather struck Western Pennsylvania. … Injured defenseman Rob Scuderi and injured left wing Tanner Glass skated before practice as they continue to rehabilitate their respective injuries. … Defenseman Brooks Orpik did not practice Friday but is expected to play in Boston.
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.
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