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Sean Couturier, Evgeni Malkin

Malkin (undisclosed) out versus Flyers, Pens to play with 17 skaters


The Pittsburgh Penguins will be decidedly undermanned when they take on the Flyers on Rivalry Night, as Evgeni Malkin was a late scratch from the contest due to an undisclosed injury.

Pittsburgh, who came into tonight’s contest without the services of Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff (along with Pascal Dupuis and Olli Maatta, who were previously ruled out for the year), were down to just five defensemen and 13 forwards prior to the Malkin injury, and will now roll with 12 skaters up front.

More, from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

‘Pascal Dupuis won’t play for us this season,’ Pens confirm

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Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis, who’s been sidelined since November with blood clots, will remain out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, the club confirmed via video message on Monday.


“Pascal Dupuis won’t play for us this season,” Pens head coach Mike Johnston explained. “There’s a certain timeline where he cannot have contact. Even when he gets beyond that point, where he can have contact, there’s going to be a lot of discussion with doctors.

“That’s better kept for later in the year and offseason, to figure out where he’s at as far as his playing career and being able to rejoin us.”

Pens GM Jim Rutherford is optimistic Dupuis will be able to rejoin the club next season.

“He’s not going to be cleared until June,” Rutherford explained. “I do feel very confident he’ll return to the team next year.”

Related: Dupuis: ‘I will play in the National Hockey League again’

Report: ‘No substantial evidence’ that hockey players more likely to suffer blood clots

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There have been several high-profile cases recently of NHL players missing extended periods of time, or perhaps even having to end their playing careers, due to blood clots.

For instance, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis opened up about his condition, which is expected to keep him out of the lineup for six months, and his desire to still make it back to the NHL in an article for the Players’ Tribune.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has battled blood clots in his lungs and leg, and is only now appearing close to a return, although it remains up in the air about when, exactly, that will be.

Goalie Tomas Vokoun, who recently retired from the NHL, was also diagnosed with a blood clot, which he said nearly killed him, in September of 2013.

While these stories appear to be more frequent, a report from The Canadian Press, which outlined these three cases, also cited a medical expert as saying there is a lack of evidence to suggest hockey players are more likely to get blood clots.

From The Canadian Press:

There’s no substantial evidence to suggest athletes, especially in a contact sport like hockey, are more likely to suffer blood clots than other people, according to Dr. William Geerts of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. With one out of every 1,000 people getting a clot each year, it’s not more prevalent in hockey players, but Geerts said trauma from injuries could play a factor.

“It’s possible that really intense athletic activity could induce some clotting,” he said. “In many people there are risk factors that would apply to all of us.

“So if I break my ankle, then I could get a blood clot, too, just like an athlete could.”