“When you lose (Malkin), it’s a tough loss from our standpoint for everything that he brings to our team,” Sullivan said Friday. “We’re certainly encouraged that we’ll hopefully get him back in a timely fashion.”
Malkin has eight goals and 16 assists and put together an eight-game point streak from March 2-15 before getting hurt.
Evan Rodrigues filled in for Malkin on the second line in a loss to New Jersey on Thursday night. There’s a chance Jared McCann, who has missed the last five games with an injury, could center the second line on Saturday in New Jersey. McCann skated with the second line in practice on Friday.
The Penguins entered Friday in third place in the highly competitive East Division.
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