Malkin and Kesler sit out, Brayden Schenn's outlook, why Penguins might fall in playoff pools and more...
No Malkin for the Penguins last night as he was a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury.
Things are really going off the rails for Pittsburgh on the injury front. No Letang or Ehrhoff last night left them with just five defensemen and the Malkin injury meant utilizing only 17 skaters for the full game. So much for finding rest for your guys down the stretch. It’s expected that the Penguins will call someone up to fill the void but they are somewhat limited by the emergency call-up rules so they can’t just bring any prospect up.
There’s an upside to all of these injuries. The Penguins no longer have the luster they did early on when they were smashing teams with an otherworldly power play. You won’t necessarily find a bargain on Crosby or Malkin in your playoff pool