Penguins coach Dan Bylsma did not have definitive news concerning center Evgeni Malkin's injury today after an optional practice at Southpointe, although he confirmed that Malkin will miss Sunday night's home game against Tampa Bay.
Bylsma noted that Malkin slammed hard into the boards during Friday's win against Florida and said he is not hospitalized. Malkin left the game after that fall in the third period and did not return.
Beyond that, Bylsma did not say whether Malkin has undergone the neurocognitive concussion test that would be compared with his baseline testing.
He said more than once that the team is following NHL protocol in terms of evaluating Malkin. That would indicate that there are at least concerns that the defending NHL scoring champion and MVP has a concussion.
Bylsma said while he waits for a diagnosis, he holds no expectations about the extent of Malkin's injury.
"Well see how he feels and how he reacts," Bylsma said. "It's hard to know what to expect in any situation of this nature. When we have more information, we'll give it to you."
Other possibilities could be a neck injury, a back injury or some combination of those things.
Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1721 and on Twitter: @pgshelly First Published February 23, 2013 5:30 AM