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)
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Evgeni Malkin is sitting out his second straight game because of a leg injury the Pittsburgh Penguins' star centre sustained four days earlier.
Malkin missed a matchup against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. He was also sidelined Monday when the Penguins beat Toronto. He is expected to sit out against Minnesota on Thursday, too, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
Malkin, third in the NHL with 41 points this season, hurt his left leg at Detroit on Saturday. He lost his balance when he came together with Red Wings centre Luke Glendening in the third period, and his left skate rammed into the boards. Malkin kept his left foot up as he was helped off the ice.
The Penguins were also without injured defencemen Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi, Paul Martin, and Brooks Orpik, and suspended defenceman Deryk Engelland, who received a five-game ban Wednesday.