Penguins' injury situation among NHL's worst
By Rob Rossi
Published: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
The Penguins began Sunday fourth in the NHL at 161 man-games lost to injury. That number will increase Monday night after a home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A look at the Penguins' injury situation:
• Center Evgeni Malkin (left leg) did not finish a win Saturday at Detroit. He did not put pressure on the leg while leaving the ice but was limping on it afterward in the locker area. His leg had not been placed in a protective boot. Malkin was to be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh, coach Dan Bylsma said.
Early indications Sunday were that Malkin's injury was minor and to the muscular area, but the Penguins were awaiting results of other tests. Malkin had played in three consecutive games after missing two in a row because of a lower-body injury.
• Defenseman Kris Letang (upper body) did not play at Detroit. He was injured in a home win over New Jersey on Friday. Letang said Saturday he was unsure whether his injury would be a long-term worry. He also was to be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh, Bylsma said.
• Defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) has missed three consecutive games. He was injured Dec. 7. His symptoms — memory loss, headache and neck soreness — had not subsided as of Friday when he skated with injured teammates, Bylsma said. Orpik is out indefinitely. He is on injured reserve (IR).
• Defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) has resumed skating and is expected to rejoin practices this week, Bylsma said. Scuderi, who had surgery, has missed 23 consecutive games. He is on IR.
• Winger Tanner Glass (broken hand) has resumed skating and is expected to rejoin practices this week, Bylsma said. Glass, who did not require surgery, has missed 10 consecutive games. He is on IR.
• Defenseman Paul Martin (broken tibia) has missed nine consecutive games. He remains in a walking boot and on crutches. He was injured Nov. 25 but did not require surgery. Team doctors called for Martin to miss four to six weeks. He is on IR.
• Winger Beau Bennett (broken wrist) has missed 11 consecutive games. He was injured Nov. 22 and required surgery. Team doctors called for Bennett to miss eight to 10 weeks. He is on IR.
• Winger Andrew Ebbett (broken ankle) has missed four consecutive games. He was injured Dec. 5 but did not require surgery. Team doctors called for Ebbett to be out indefinitely. He is on IR.
• Goalie Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) has not played this season. He was diagnosed during training camp and had surgery. Team doctors called for Vokoun to miss three to six months. He is on IR.
The Penguins also are without winger James Neal, who Monday will serve the fourth game of a five-game suspension. Defenseman Deryk Engelland is scheduled for an in-person hearing Wednesday with NHL Player Safety for his check to the head of Detroit's Justin Abdelkader on Saturday night.
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.
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