The battered and bruised Pittsburgh Penguins will have to make due without three of their key players thanks to a rash of late-season injuries.
Evgeni Malkin is still out of the lineup after sustaining a shoulder injury after blocking a shot Sunday in a game against the Florida Panthers. The Russian centreman is listed as day-to-day and won’t travel to Buffalo for Tuesday’s tilt against the Sabres. Hopefully fans will be seeing his return before the month is out.
Head coach Mike Sullivan also confirmed that Kris Letang and Olli Maattta will also be out against the Sabres.
Defenseman Kris Letang sustained an upper-body injury late in February, and has not returned to the lineup since. The Penguins maintain that he is not on the shelf long-term, but he won’t be traveling with the team during their current road trip.
Young defenseman Olli Maata is also out of the lineup, the 22-year old Finn had successful surgery on his hand after he injured it on February 17th. He is expected to be out for about six weeks, hopefully returning to the lineup in late March or early April.
Pittsburgh will be challenging its depth chart with one of the best centers in the league out temporarily and an entire defensive pairing injured for the foreseeable future.