Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin out for Game 6 Against Philadelphia Flyers

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PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates with the puck during the second period. The Philadelphia Flyers won 4-2 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 20, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have a three-games-to-two lead in their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs Series with the Philadelphia Flyers. They have an opportunity to eliminate the Flyers today in Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Arena. However, they will have to do so without one of their best players. Evgeni Malkin is set to miss the game with a lower-body injury.

Evgeni Malkin out for Game 6 Against The Philadelphia Flyers

Malkin appeared to hurt his leg in the first period of Game 5. He got tangled up with Flyers centre Jori Lehtera and went down awkwardly. It appeared that Lehter fell on his leg. Malkin continued in the game but was not as effective as he normally is.

Malkin has three goals and two assists for five points through the first five games of the series. He is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. Malkin had 42 goals and 56 assists for 98 points in 78 games this season. He also added 87 penalty minutes. Malkin’s possession numbers are strong, with a 53.2 percent Corsi, and +1.4 relative Corsi.

The Penguins did get some good news as Patric Hornqvist returns to the lineup. He had three points in the first three games of the series, but missed the last two due to injury.

The changes have had a domino effect into other lineup changes for the Penguins. Rookie forward Dominik Simon, who took Hornqvist’s place at wing, is now a healthy scratch for Game 6. Carter Rowney draws back into the lineup. Expect to see Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan also to move up the Penguins lineup and see more icetime.

 

 

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