They say when it rains, it pours. For the Penguins, it apparently does not stop raining until your street floods and car washes away.
Just as things were looking up for the Penguins on the injury front, news broke today that Evgeni Malkin has a foot injury which will likely force him to miss the remainder of the regular season. According to Dan Bylsma, Malkin hurt himself at the net during his first shift in Pittsburgh’s last game against the St. Louis Blues.
Bylsma added that surgery would not be needed. The 2-3 week timetable would put Malkin back in the lineup just before the Stanley Cup Playoffs are slated to begin.
The Pens have already accrued the highest total of man games lost to injury which stands at 425 and counting.
Penguins had Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, Letang, and Martin in the lineup together for just 11 games this season.
— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) March 25, 2014
Malkin’s loss, of course, is of great significance as the seventh-highest scorer in the league, especially considering that he appeared to be peaking at the right time for a Penguins team that still lacks depth scoring at forward.
It is expected that Brandon Sutter and Marcel Goc will move up the depth chart to replace Malkin. Newly recalled forward Jayson Megna presumably would project into the lineup as well.
There is some good news for Pens fans:
Craig Adams has played all 71 games. #PensPositives
— Tim Bowers (@TimBowers62) March 25, 2014
That counts for something, right?