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Evgeni Malkin out for tomorrow’s game against New Jersey with injury

Evgeni Malkin

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin heads back to the bench in the second period against the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


As if the Penguins didn’t have enough offense missing from their lineup with Sidney Crosby out with a concussion, they’ll lose another big name for tomorrow’s game.

Pens coach Dan Bylsma said today after practice that Evgeni Malkin will miss tomorrow’s game with New Jersey with an undisclosed injury. Malkin has been in a slump of late and unable to help the Penguins scoring woes. With Malkin out of the lineup, the burden of carrying Pittsburgh’s offense shifts to Jordan Staal. Staal has been playing great since returning to the Pens lineup after missing most of the season with hand and foot injuries.

Without Crosby and Malkin in the lineup, that leaves the Penguins without two all-world type players and creates a hole that’s virtually impossible to fill. Malkin’s absence might prompt the Penguins to call someone up from the AHL and Eric Tangradi stands out as a possibility.