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Malkin Misses Practice; All Six D On Ice Despite Trotman Recall

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Pittsburgh Penguins leading scorer Evgeni Malkin did not practice Wednesday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, throwing into doubt whether he will be able to play Thursday at Toronto.

Malkin left Tuesday’s pregame warmup early and was scratched for a 5-2 win over Toronto because of illness. More information could be coming from coach Mike Sullivan after practice.

The Penguins somewhat mysteriously recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. That was announced an hour or so before Wednesday’s practice.

However, all six defensemen who played Tuesday practiced, and Trotman was not on the ice.

To make room for Trotman on the roster, the Penguins placed rookie defenseman John Marino, already out because of facial surgery, on injured reserve.

Trotman has played in five games this season with the NHL Penguins.

Before practice, defenseman Brian Dumoulin skated for the second day in a row, according to head coach Mike Sullivan. He has been out since he got hurt Nov. 30 in the first minute of a game against St. Louis. It was starting to get a little curious that he had not been seen on the ice.

Center Nick Bjugstad also skated, as he has been doing lately as he recovers from core muscle surgery.

Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Tony G.
Tony G.
1 year ago

Congrats to the Caps and Ning for recent pickups Coleman and Dillon. They understand what playoff hockey is all about. Can only hope someone tells GMJR in the next few days . . . .

Dean
Dean
1 year ago

LOL Tony G.

The Zucker trade speaks for itself.

The best thing that GMJR can do now is play with a team that is really clicking, that will get back 2 top 4 defenseman and a top 9 center.

Hoping he is a lot smarter than you and is all done.

King Penguin
King Penguin
1 year ago

For anyone who thinks this team will get a bunch of tap-in goals like it did against the Maple Loafs in the playoffs, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news . . .

Tony G.
Tony G.
1 year ago

Breaking news: Alec Martinez was held out as a Pens fans can only hope . . .

Tony G.
Tony G.
1 year ago

What I mean to say is, Alec Martinez was held out Tuesday as a “precautionary measure.” Translation: He’s about to be traded. He’s also left-handed and under contract for next season.

Pens fans can only hope . . .

J.H.
J.H.
1 year ago

Tony G. In regards to Alec Martinez, he is apparently being traded to Vegas according to Elliott Friedman last night

Tony G.
Tony G.
1 year ago

Seems that GMJR has closed shop ’til the summer.

Meanwhile, aggressive teams like the Caps, Bolts and Knights are better prepared for playoff hockey.

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