Malkin joins the almost comically long list of Penguins players sidelined, which also includes Trevor Daley, Olli Maatta, Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin, Kris Letang and, now, defenseman Ron Hainsey as well.
Hainsey was injured in the Penguins’ 4-0 loss to Philadelphia Wednesday and is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, according to Sullivan.
“He’s not an easy guy to replace,” Sullivan said. “It’s one more challenge that this team it’s going to face to try to find ways to win.”
On the brighter side for the Penguins, Rust, Letang and Maatta all skated before the team’s practice Friday morning, though there was no indication as to how close they may be to returning.
“We just have to find ways to play well and to get points,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “Teams we’re playing against aren’t going to feel sorry for us. We just have to find ways to hold on until we get guys back.”
Winger Patric Hornqvist said he will be a game-time decision for Friday’s game against New Jersey after missing the last five with a concussion.
Hornqvist originally traveled with the team to Winnipeg for the Penguins’ Western Canada road trip last week but was sent back to Pittsburgh for treatment before the first game.
“The symptoms came a little later than they usually do,” Hornqvist said. “That’s why I went on the road, hoped they went away. They kept staying with me and I went to see the doctors, get some treatment. Now I’m here and I’m glad about it.”
Hornqvist said he is “for sure” symptom-free now after 10 days of rest and treatment. He took part in the Penguins’ morning skate Friday.
“It feels good,” he said. “It’s nice to be around the boys here and skating with the team. I feel way better, so it’s a good morning for me.”
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