Evgeni Malkin C PIT 9 Hrs

If Malkin (lower body) skates over the weekend, then he will probably accompany the team on its West Coast road trip.

"That's going to be the key thing, whether the trainers clear (Malkin) to get on the ice or not," coach Mike Johnston said. Pittsburgh travels to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver next week.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 2 Days

The Pens won't know Malkin's (lower-body) status until he skates, something which he's not expected to do for "three or four days, for sure," according to coach Mike Johnston.

It seems safe to rule out Malkin for Pittsburgh's upcoming four-game week, which starts Tuesday against Winnipeg. Malkin and Sidney Crosby are tied for the team lead in points with 51.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 2 Days

Malkin (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Malkin's move to injured reserve is likely retroactive, which would allow him to return as soon as he's ready. He remains without a concrete timetable at this point, but the team should provide an update before the 28-year-old steps back on the ice for his next game.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 7 Days

Malkin (lower body) has been ruled out for the All-Star Game and has no timetable for a return.

Malkin suffered the injury during the second period of Tuesday's game against the Flyers and was ruled out from playing in Wednesday's match against the Blackhawks after testing his injury during warmups. After the team's medical staff reviewed his condition Thursday, it's now looking like Malkin's absence could extend beyond the break, potentially creating a major void in the Pittsburgh lineup. If Malkin does indeed miss further games due to the injury, Brandon Sutter would likely step in as the Pens' new second-line center.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 7 Days

Malkin (lower body) will not participate in this weekend's NHL All-Star Game, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Moreover, the report indicates that Malkin will probably miss time beyond the NHL's All-Star break due to his unspecified lower body injury. "With (Malkin), he won't be ready to play right after the break," according to GM Jim Rutherford. "It's probably an injury that will take a little time to heal."

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 7 Days

Updating a previous report, Malkin (undisclosed) will be scratched for Wednesday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Malkin had been listed on the second line, per the Penguins' official Twitter account, but it now appears he'll sit this one out.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 7 Days

Malkin (undisclosed) is listed on the Pens' second line in advance of Wednesday's contest with the Blackhawks.

Malkin was considered a game time decision after suffering an apparent injury in Tuesday's contest, but it doesn't look like it will force him to miss time. He'll skate alongside Nick Spaling and Beau Bennet.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 7 Days

Malkin (undisclosed) is a question mark for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

Malkin required a trip to the locker room during Tuesday's physical clash with the Flyers, but returned to the ice soon thereafter. However, he looked to be a bit hobbled and didn't skate after the 15:55 mark of the third period. The team's training staff will likely see how his body responded overnight before rendering a decision on his status before warmups.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 8 Days

Malkin tallied an assist and seven shots in a 3-2 OT loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

He missed part of the game after appearing to hurt his ankle but returned without further incident. Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals and 51 points in 45 games.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 15 Days

Malkin recorded his fourth multipoint effort in five games Tuesday, tallying two assists against Minnesota.

With 49 points (19G, 30A), Malkin has moved into second place in the NHL scoring race, three points behind Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek. He also features a 14.6 shooting percentage, nearly mirroring his 14.7 mark accomplished during his Art Ross Trophy run in 2011-12. Malkin is healthy, confident and playing his best hockey in several years. He's doing this despite a revolving door of linemates -- currently Beau Bennett and Nick Spaling are skating with him at even strength.