Malkin won’t be ready by end of All-Star break

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A lower-body injury kept Evgeni Malkin out of Pittsburgh’s 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago on Wednesday and will prevent him from participating in the All-Star Game. Now it looks like that won’t be the extent of the damage.

“It’s probably an injury that will take a little time to heal,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

When asked if he thought Malkin’s recovery would be better measured in days or weeks, Rutherford said that it was too early to say. The Penguins will know more on Monday, but for now the plan is for Malkin to rehab over the break.

Until Wednesday Malkin hadn’t missed a game yet this season, but his ailment actually dates back a few weeks. He had been playing through it, but his condition took a turn for the worse during Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia.

He has 19 goals and 51 points in 45 contests this season.