Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin a Last-Minute Scratch from Lineup vs Oilers

Mark HillierContributor IIOctober 9, 2011

Evgeni Malkin, February, 2011
Evgeni Malkin, February, 2011Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Evgeni Malkin showed up to preseason camp in the best shape of his life after recovering from surgery to repair his knee. However, after only two games Malkin has been sidelined with what is being called a "lower body injury."

During Saturday's contest against the Calgary Flames, Malkin had his legs taken out from under him by Curtis Glencross and played very little in the game after that.

With Sidney Crosby already out with post-concussion syndrome, Malkin was expected to carry the offense for the Penguins. Fortunately for them, they have the best third-line center in the NHL in Jordan Staal, who stepped right into the top line for tonight's game in Edmonton.

Coach Dan Bylsma has downplayed the injury saying that Malkin had "just played a lot of hockey and was a little sore." Malkin is apparently sore enough that he's not playing tonight. Let's hope for the sake of the Pens and their fans that this latest injury is as insignificant as Bylsma says it is.