Penguins notebook: Malkin likely to miss Thursday's game against Red Wings
February 17, 2016 3:20 PM
The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin celebrates a goal against the Blue Jackets on Dec. 21.
By Seth Rorabaugh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss his seventh consecutive game tonight against the Detroit Red Wings at Consol Energy Center because of an undisclosed injury.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin, who did not make the two-game road trip this past weekend, has been skating on his own the past several days.
“It went very well,” Sullivan said. “He's making progress. The next step obviously will be for him to join the team, but we haven't made that decision.”
“I think it's getting closer to being day-to-day.”
Center Nick Bonino, who has not played since injuring his hand Jan. 12, also has been skating.
“Nick Bonino is skating still on his own, and he's getting closer to the point where he's handling the puck and getting involved that way,” Sullivan said. “I think that step of just having him skate and being to handle the puck certainly makes his time frame closer to joining the team.”
Bonino remains on injured reserve along with wingers Beau Bennett (upper body) and Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), center Eric Fehr (undisclosed) and defenseman David Warsofsky (concussion).
Warsofsky makes progress
Warsofsky has been given clearance to take contact in practice.
He was injured in a 5-0 home win Jan. 17 against the Carolina Hurricanes when he collided with referee Tim Peel and fell backward onto his head. Before that game, he was a healthy scratch for nine of the previous 10 contests.
“I think any injury isn't ideal,” Warsofsky said. “But especially for a guy like me when you're in and out of the lineup and then you do get your chances, it's definitely unfortunate, the timing that it happened. But nothing I can do about it now. Just have to look past it and get into the lineup again.”
Warsofsky spent approximately 40 minutes on the ice after practice Wednesday in Cranberry. He said he hasn’t experienced any concussion-related symptoms "in a while."
Baby Penguin hurt
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins left winger Dominik Uher will miss the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
“He had been playing really well on a checking line down there in Wilkes-Barre, playing a lot with [center] Oskar Sundqvist and [right winger] Tom Kostopolous,” said associate general manager Jason Botterill. “Just went in for a hit, went into the boards. It was a situation where he injured his shoulder. We were hopeful he'd be able to play through it. Upon further evaluation, it was determined he needed surgery. We did it now. Have a good summer and be ready to go at the start of next year.”
A fifth-round pick in 2011, Uher, 23, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason. Botterill said the team plans to re-sign him.
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