Evgeni Malkin Injury: Updates on Penguins Star's Foot and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 11:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Washington Capitals on March 11, 2014 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Updates from Wednesday, April 16

NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports that Malkin is back in the Penguins lineup for Game 1 vs. Columbus:

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

The Penguins' official Twitter feed reported good news on Malkin's status:

Penguins.com reports what Maklin was doing in practice:

Following practice, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Shelley Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had more on Malkin:

Updates from Friday, April 4

TribLIVE Radio's Ken Laird has an update on Malkin's status:

Original Text

The Pittsburgh Penguins could be forced to play the rest of the regular season without superstar forward Evgeni Malkin due to a foot injury suffered on Sunday.   

Malkin is expected to miss two-to-three weeks as a result of the ailment, according to comments passed along by the team from head coach Dan Bylsma:

He also noted the injury occurred early in the team's loss to the St. Louis Blues over the weekend:

Malkin, who along with Sidney Crosby creates the NHL's most dangerous one-two offensive punch, has scored 72 points in 60 games this season. That strong play has helped the Penguins claim the top spot in the Metropolitan division as they aim for another Stanley Cup title.

Based on the timetable provided by Bylsma, there's a chance the Russian star could return for the final three games of the regular season. The back end of the estimate would see him miss all of the team's remaining contests before the playoffs.

Even though there are 11 games left, Pittsburgh is on a bit of an island. It would take a tremendous finish to chase down Boston for the Eastern Conference's best record, and there are no teams close behind. Knowing that, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise to see the Penguins play it safe.

As long as Malkin is healthy for the playoff run, the Pens are a major championship threat.