Penguins' Evgeni Malkin Out for Game 6 vs. Flyers with Leg Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2018

SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 12:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot against the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 12, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin will miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a leg injury, Pro Hockey Talk's Adam Gretz reported.

According to Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop, Riley Sheahan was skating with Pittsburgh's second line in place of Malkin ahead of Sunday's Stanley Cup playoff matchup.

Malkin's importance to the Penguins largely goes without saying. He registered 98 points (42 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season, which were first on the team and fourth-most in the NHL.

Pittsburgh still has Sidney Crosby, which obviously helps soften the blow of losing Malkin. Crosby has been particularly effective in the postseason, scoring five goals and assisting on five more. Jake Guentzel has played well, having recorded eight points in the Penguins' first five games.

As long as Malkin's injury doesn't continue to linger for the Penguins, it shouldn't present a major problem to the team.

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