Penguins’ Malkin out 6-to-8 weeks with upper-body injury

Evgeni Malkin took a hit from Dalton Prout against the boards and had to leave in discomfort.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will miss the next six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Saturday.

Malkin returned to Western Pennsylvania for further evaluation after leaving Friday night’s game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets with an apparent injury.

The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner appeared to be injured in a collision with Blue Jackets defenceman Dalton Prout along the end boards in the second period of the Penguins’ 3-2 win Friday.

The Penguins visit the New York Rangers Sunday to close out a four-game road swing.

Malkin has 27 goals and 58 points in 57 games this season.