The list of injured Pittsburgh Penguins is so long and talented it could beat the Buffalo Sabres. For those of you keeping score that list includes Paul Martin, Beau Bennett, Rob Scuderi, Tomas Vokoun, Brooks Orpik, Tanner Glass, Andrew Ebbett and now Kris Letang (again) and Evgeni Malkin.
Both stars suffered injuries in Detroit where the Penguins beat the Red Wings 4-1 Saturday night. Letang was pulled from the lineup after taking the pregame skate with what head coach Dan Bylsma called a upper-body injury. Letang, who has six goals and five assists on the year, heavily crashed into the boards Friday night against the New Jersey Devils in the third period. The late scratching in the Motor City might be connected to that. Brian Domoulin took Letang's spot in the lineup and Matt Niskanen ran the point on the power play, which the Pens scored twice on. Letang has been placed on IR for the second time this year and the team has recalled Philip Samuelsson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. And yes, this Samuelsson is Ulf's son from the 1990s Stanley Cup teams.
Not to undermine Letang, but Geno's injury is the one to worry about. Malkin, who has been on fire this season with forty-one points (thirty-two assists), left Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. He smashed skates first into the boards after falling while back-checking a Luke Glendering breakaway. Two guys helped Geno off the ice and he could not put any weigh on his left leg. The initial scene was scary, but word is Malkin was limping around after the game. He had a goal and two assists in the game before leaving. Consider him day-to-day.
The Pens have been lucky regarding impacts of injuries. Despite the slew of them, only the loss of James Neal had really hurt the team's production. The youngsters have done a amazing job filling in and the Pens will lean on them once again. Same book, different chapter for the Penguins year.
Obviously Letang will not be but no word has been given about whether or not Geno will be playing tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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