(PITTSBURGH) — The Penguins will be without one of their best players as the postseason draws closer.
Center Evgeni Malkin will miss the next two to three weeks while recovering from a foot injury, the team announced Tuesday.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma says Malkin was injured during the first period of Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He was able to finish the game but couldn’t practice on Monday.
Despite missing 11 games this season for various reasons, the 2011-12 league MVP is seventh in the NHL with 72 points. The team expects Malkin to be healthy and ready to play when the playoffs begin April 16.
The Penguins are currently seven points behind the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
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