Evgeni Malkin will miss a second consecutive game when the Penguins travel to face the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at KeyBank Center.
Malkin has been out with an upper-body injury he sustained while blocking a shot at Calgary on March 13.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin is progressing fine in his rehab but it would be better for him to stay home.
Sullivan did not rule out the possibility of Malkin joining the Penguins on Thursday in Ottawa.
“Geno’s making progress,” Sullivan said after an optional practice Monday at PPG Paints Arena. “We are not going to take him to Buffalo. He’s going to stay back. We think it’s a better situation here for him to rehab. We made that decision. He won’t play in Buffalo. Then we’ll go from there with him. We certainly think he’s making progress.”
Malkin has 11 goals and 18 points in his last 15 games played after returning from a lower-body injury Feb. 14. For the season, Malkin has 33 goals and 72 points. His points-per-game mark of 1.16 entering Monday’s games trailed only teammate Sidney Crosby …
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