Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) skates off the ice with a team trainer during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 14, 2015. Malkin returned to action briefly in the first period, then did
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March 16, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss Tuesday night's game in New Jersey, but coach Mike Johnston says Malkin could be available later this week.

The NHL's sixth-leading scorer left Saturday's loss to Boston in the first period with a lower-body injury, and missed Sunday's lopsided defeat to Detroit. Pittsburgh begins a three-game road swing Tuesday against the Devils. Johnston says there's a strong chance Malkin could rejoin the team in time for Thursday's game in Dallas or Saturday's visit to Arizona.

The Penguins will be without forward Patric Hornqvist for at least the next three games. Hornqvist suffered an undisclosed injury against the Red Wings. Johnston said it does not appear to be a long-term problem. Hornqvist is tied for second on the team with 23 goals.

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