Sunday March 15th, 2015

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will not play in Sunday's game against the Detroit Red Wings, coach Mike Johnston announced Sunday. Teammate Sidney Crosby was a game-time decision, but will play, according to the team.

Malkin left Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins with a lower body injury after he was hit by forward Chris Kelly just 1:29 into the opening period. Malkin came back into the game and played 4:15, but sat out the rest of the game.

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Johnston had said after Saturday's game that Malkin and Crosby "might be able to play" against the Red Wings. Johnston said Sunday that he does not expect Malkin to be out long-term with the injury.

Crosby was a late scratch on Saturday after an "undisclosed ailment" that occurred during pre-game warm-ups.

In 63 games this season, Malkin has 28 goals and 40 assists. Malkin is tied for fifth-best in the league with 68 points. Crosby is third with 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists).

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The Penguins and Red Wings play Sunday at 12:30 ET in Pittsburgh.


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