Malkin (knee) will not play against Anaheim on Monday and is listed as day-to-day, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports. The center missed both of Pittsburgh's weekend games after dealing with knee pain against Ottawa on Tuesday. The injury has nagged Malkin for several weeks -- even though he participated in the All-Star Game festivities -- and he has dealt with injuries to both knees in the past. He hadn't missed a game in 2015-16 prior to Friday.
Malkin has been ruled out for the Penguins next two matchups with a lower-body injury, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Malkin had a sensational January, as he scored 13 points in 11 games, including a hat-trick against Vancouver. Pittsburgh will miss the 29-year-old's production on the power play where he has tallied 10 goals and 13 assists while averaging almost four minutes of ice time per game with the man advantage. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters the injury would be reevaluated after the team's road trip to determine the extent.
Malkin picked up a pair of secondary power-play assists and registered a minus-3 rating Tuesday against Ottawa. The poor plus-minus rating wasn't the result of poor individual play by Malkin, though he did struggle in the faceoff circle, losing 16 of 21 draws. The center, who hasn't yet missed a game in 2015-16, now has scored 49 points (24G, 25A) in 49 contests.
Malkin scored a hat trick Saturday afternoon, leading the Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Canucks. It was the 10th hatty of the Russian sniper's career and first since 2012. Malkin has been his typical beasty self this year with 47 points in 47 games, with 19 of those coming in the last 15 contests. He leads the Pens in goals (23) and points, and sits fourth on the team with 136 shots on goal. Furthermore, his 10 power-play goals are fifth in the NHL, so it's been business as usual in 2015-16 for No. 71
Malkin reached the 20-goal plateau for the eighth time in his career Monday against the Blues. His score gave Pittsburgh a short-lived 2-1 lead before St. Louis would rally for four unanswered goals. The goal was just Malkin's third in 12 games, though he has compiled 11 assists during the span. The center registered an encouraging five shots on goal Monday, his highest total since Dec. 11.
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