Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek has a broken finger and will be out four to six weeks, coach Dan Bylsma said today after practice at Consol Energy Center. He said it doesn't appear Michalek will need surgery.
Michalek, half of a shutdown pairing with Paul Martin, hasn't had the greatest start to the season, but he is one of the team's top penalty-killers. He got hurt just beyond the midpoint of Saturday's 4-1 win over New Jersey when he went down in the right circle to block a slap shot by the Devils' Rod Pelley. It appeared he got hit in the right hand.
With six healthy defensemen, the Penguins won't recall someone for now, Bylsma said.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, who has been dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, is traveling with the team to New York. But his status for Tuesday's game against the Islanders has not been decided, Bylsma said.
Malkin skated on a regular line at practice with wingers Steve Sullivan and James Neal at practice. He has missed the past five games and seven overall because of sorness he has said is related to his incision site.
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