Malkin to miss All-Star Game
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Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced today that, as expected, forward Evgeni Malkin will miss the NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Raleigh, N.C.
Malkin, who has been dealing with a sore left knee and a sinus infection, will miss his third game in a row tonight when the Penguins host the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center.
Bylsma said at this point it is pressure in Malkin's head related to the infection that is preventing him from skating. After tonight's game, the Penguins are off for the All-Star break until a game next Tuesday in New York against the Rangers.
It's not known if Malkin will be ready to return by then.
"He needs to get healthy before he can move forward," Bylsma said. "Is that during the break? Is that after the break? We don't know that. We hope it's in the next week or so that he can think about getting back on the ice again."
Malkin has 15 goals, 37 points in 42 games.
He was one of four Penguins among the six initial All-Stars voted in by fans, but that number is now down to two. Center Sidney Crosby also has withdrawn. He has a concussion.
The Penguins' representatives in Raleigh will be goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defenseman Kris Letang.
First Published January 25, 2011 11:51 am