Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss one-to-two weeks with an undisclosed upper body injury, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after Sunday's game against the New York Islanders.
Malkin was scratched Sunday after suffering in injury in Saturday's win over Toronto. Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk hit Malkin hard into the boards late in the third period in the neutral zone. Malkin played just one more shift and was held out of overtime and the shootout.
The team hasn't commented on the extent of the injury, but staff members stressed that it was not a head injury related to the concussion that forced Malkin to miss several games earlier this season.
"It's not a guy we're going to replace, I think everyone knows that," said teammate Sidney Crosby, who tallied five assist in Sunday's win. "I think everyone probably puts a little bit more pressure on themselves to go out there and produce maybe a little bit more, but we don't want to change too much."
Bylsma said that Malkin would be evaluated further on Sunday night.