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Penguins Injuries: Malkin Being Evaluated, Blueger Out “Longer-Term”

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 09: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Evgeni Malkin (71) looks on during the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers on March 9, 2021, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins were getting healthy before Tuesday. That is now past tense after at least a couple of Penguins appear headed for the injured list.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was checked solidly by Boston Bruins defenseman Jared Tinordi. Malkin went down. He was able to finish the shift but was doubled over in pain on the bench. Malkin left the bench to go to the dressing room. Despite returning a few minutes later for one shift, Malkin left the game permanently.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Evgeni Malkin is being evaluated for a lower-body injury. He didn’t have a status update immediately following the game.

“We’ll have more information for you when we have more information ourselves,” Sullivan said.

The Penguins have an off day on Wednesday, so the earliest update will likely be Thursday.

The Tinordi hit on Malkin set off a chippy game. Later in the second period, Penguins winger Brandon Tanev raced across the ice and checked Tinordi at center ice. Tinordi violently flew into the boards and had to be helped off the ice.

Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy said it was unlikely Tinordi would be available for Boston’s next game on Thursday.

On Tuesday night, Teddy Blueger was a surprise scratch. And the news got worse after the game.

“Teddy Blueger’s is longer term with an upper-body injury,” Sullivan said. “And he’s out longer term.”

Longer-term is a new phrase the Pittsburgh Penguins began using this season. It could mean a few weeks, as defenseman Mike Matheson was out “longer-term” but returned in three weeks. Winger Jason Zucker is also out “longer-term,” and it appears his lower-body injury could be months.

The silver lining is Penguins defenseman John Marino seems to be close to returning. Marino participated in the morning skate on Tuesday and was a game-time decision. He was placed on IR retroactive to March 7, and Sullivan downplayed that as a paper move.

“He skated today, he will skate again tomorrow,” Sullivan said. “But his status is day-to-day.”

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Steve
Steve
4 months ago

I dare say this forces Hextall and Burke’s hand a bit. If Malkin is out for any length, the answer has to come from outside the organization. Surely they have been looking for help for the bottom six, and this could mean they have to act soon.

Alan Smith
4 months ago

Why are the cheap shots even tolerated? The NHL is great to watch but the violent aspect is unnecessary! The Malkin shot was totally a cheap shot and the game goes on! Tanev returned the favor and gets kicked out! The goon teams have won the last three Cups! They had very little skills other then dump the puck at the net and try to score in a scrum! Lost a lot of respect for the NHL!

Big B
Big B
4 months ago

If Malkin is day to day we worry.Every day to day injury he has is always a montrh or more.We could see a waiver claim on Mikhail Grigorenko if G is hurt long term or even to replace Teddy.Why i cry did Jankowski have the shorthanded breakaway? and Sam Lafferty belongs in the ECHL not the NHL.Bing up Jordy Bellerive and Radim Zohorna.It would be nice if McCann is back but at center he is McCan’t when it comes to scoring.Angello and Rods are also centers, so lot of options but few for scoring so the goaltending must be great… Read more »

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Big B

I am all for giving the team’s existing prospects the chance to prove themselves and seize a roster spot. Are Bellerive and Zohorna capable of filling at 3rd line center? Like Dan, I just can’t fully make out Jankowski at this point. He is just kind of there. Anyone able to give a good read on the WBS options? I guess Gaudreau is the immediate stop gap option.

Big B
Big B
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Zohorna looks relly good.He started to break out last year in the Czech league and exploded when he was loaned this year during covid with 12 goals and 22 points in 21 games and has three goals and 9 points in 11 games with WBS plus he is 6 foot 6 amd 229 pounds.Zohorna is a late bloomer who should get a chance as we toss Jankowski out on his pants.

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Big B

Zohorna sounds interesting. I seem to recall he was fairly impressive in camp. Is he quick for his size?

Big B
Big B
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Very mobile from what i have read.

Big B
Big B
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

The Penguins have recalled forward Radim Zohorna from WBS.

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Big B

I say give him a chance.

Justin
Justin
4 months ago

Go back and watch the game from Monday with that scumbag Marchand cross checking Blueger on the back of his neck/head while he was on the ground. Funny how the officials missed that one, now the guy is out “longer term” betcha that’s when it happened

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
4 months ago
Reply to  Justin

Its too bad Dan won’t do a story on that, instead he wants to tell us that a clean open ice check was dirty. Dirt bag Marchand also swung his stick in to the back of Guentzel’s head last night but that is only a 2 minute high stick penalty…

Big B
Big B
4 months ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

What about Pasta and his check to the head of Jake? and his stick to the face of Crosby.If Tanev is suspended the conspiracy against the Pen’s is real and i believe it has been real since Mario.

D1VE
D1VE
4 months ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

Marchand should’ve absolutely been given more for his stunt on Guentzel. Unfortunately, the ref’s game of “make up calls” isn’t exactly always 1:1.

Cool name, btw. I am pretty dumb.

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[…] issues right now. They are already without Jason Zucker, and Mike Sullivan said on Tuesday that Teddy Blueger would be out long-term. Evgeni Malkin also had to leave the game, Tuesday, after this hit. Brandon Tanev would later take a […]

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