Penguins place D Kris Letang on injured reserve

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) kneels on the ice after getting hit in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenseman Kris Letang on injured reserve Monday with an upper-body injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said Letang could return after Christmas.

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with a left leg injury. The NHL's third-leading scorer left Saturday's game after sliding hard into the end boards while trying to thwart a Detroit rush. Malkin is not expected to play on Monday night when the Penguins host Toronto.

Letang joins a crowded injured list that includes defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion), Rob Scuderi (ankle) and Paul Martin (lower body).

The Penguins recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Samuelsson is the son of longtime NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Pittsburgh also recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.