Penguins centres Malkin, Bjugstad out with injuries

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

Sullivan also announced that fellow forward Nick Bjugstad is out long term as well.

Malkin and Bjugstad sustained their respective lower-body injuries during Pittsburgh's 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Malkin collided into the boards with Blue Jacket's defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov in the second period, which resulted in the injury to his lower back.

His is the "longer" of "long-term injuries" that coach Mike Sullivan confirmed after practice Monday. Bjugstad left with an undisclosed issue in the third period. Malkin has one goal so far this season.

The No. 2 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft had 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists) and was an NHL career-worst minus-25 in 68 games last season.

Only once in the past six seasons has the three-time all-star played at least 75 games. He had nine goals and 14 points in 32 games with the Penguins last season after being acquired from the Florida Panthers.

The 1-1-0 Penguins, who host Winnipeg on Tuesday, are without their second- and third-line centres and had Jared McCann skating on the second line in Malkin's absence at Monday's workout while Zach Aston-Reese filled in for Bjugstad.

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