Penguins’ Malkin day-to-day with upper-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin skates with the puck. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without centre Evgeni Malkin this weekend.

According to Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, Malkin will not be suiting up for the Penguins on Friday when the team takes on the Ottawa Senators or Saturday when they travel to Toronto. The 32-year-old is apparently dealing with an upper-body injury.

“Right now he’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury,” said Sullivan. “He will not play tonight or this weekend. We are hopeful that this is a short-term thing and he’ll be back in our lineup soon.”

Malkin missed practice on Thursday with what the team called a “maintenance day”, but it turns out the Russian has a little more on his plate.

In 50 games this season, the former Hart Trophy winner has scored 14 times and added 41 assists in his 13th NHL season.

Earlier in the day, the Penguins acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann in a deal that sent Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and picks to the Florida Panthers.

Sullivan also mentioned that Bjugstad and McCann — who were en route to PPG Paints Arena — were hopeful to play in Friday’s game

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