Pittsburgh Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin has had a rough start to March after missing the first few days of the month because of concussion symptoms from a head injury suffered back on February 22. Malkin returned to the Penguins line-up on March 4 and played in three games — one of which included this spectacular goal in his return to the ice — but now he will be on the bench once again.
The Penguins announced Malkin will miss one to two weeks with what is being described as an upper body injury. Pittsburgh announced the timeline for Malkin’s return:
MALKIN UPDATE: Upper-body injury. 1-2 weeks out approx, per coach Bylsma.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 11, 2013
Malkin suffered the injury during a hit from Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk.
When healthy, Malkin is one of the top players in the league. Unfortunately, he has been plagued with injuries over the past few weeks and has not been able to keep his rhythm.
Despite Malkin’s absence, the Penguins offense is moving forward without missing a beat. In Sunday’s 6-1 win over the New York Islanders, Sidney Crosby matched his career high with five-assists. Pittsburgh will continue to do just fine with Malkin out of the line-up.