Malkin (upper body) will miss Sunday's game against the Flyers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Coach Mike Sullivan suggested after Sunday's morning skate that Malkin's absence was "just part of the rehab process," but has yet to provide a concrete timeline for the star forward's return. The Penguins have every reason to hold him out as they prepare for the postseason, an unfortunate outcome for his season-long fantasy owners. While his next chance to retake the ice comes Wednesday against the Blackhawks, nothing has surfaced at this point to suggest he will. Nick Bonino should once again serve in a top-six role and has totaled three goals in the five games Malkin has been sidelined.
Malkin (upper body) was not present at the team's morning skate Sunday, Pens Inside Scoop reports. Malkin has reportedly made some progress recently, but the team has every reason to take things slow with its star forward to avoid any further damage. He hasn't officially been ruled out for the evening's contest against the Flyers at this point, but his absence certainly trends his status in the wrong direction. Should he miss the tilt, his next chance to play would arrive Wednesday against the Blackhawks. The club has shuffled the lines slightly in Malkin's absence, promoting Nick Bonino to a more prominent role centering the team's second line.
Coach Mike Sullivan noted in advance of Friday's game against the Islanders that Malkin (upper body) is "making progress," while adding that the Penguins "are trying to take a cautious approach" with the high-scoring forward. Based on that statement, we'll assume that Malkin won't be back in action Friday, with Sunday's home game against the Flyers representing his next chance to play for the first time since March 15.
Malkin (upper body) was absent from Thursday's game-day practice, effectively ruling him out against the Senators, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Considering that Malkin is not practicing and the Pens will have a short turnaround with back-to-back games, it seems likely the center will also be sidelined against the Isles on Friday. The injury-prone Russian has already missed three games with this latest ailment, but he remains a top fantasy option when in the lineup, considering his average of 1.16 points per game this year.
Malkin (upper body) won't travel with the team to Buffalo, ruling him out for Tuesday's game. This makes his status seem unlikely for Thursday's game in Ottawa, also part of the road trip, but players have flown in midway through a road trip before, so it's not out of the question. As one of the league's top scorers, with 72 points in 62 games, both fantasy owners and Penguins fans would love Geno to be back on the ice as soon as possible.
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