Button: Malkin, Bjugstad injuries leave Pens with very few options at centre ice
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced Monday that forward Evgeni Malkin is out longer-term with a lower-body injury, but the injury is not season threatening.
Sullivan announced that fellow centre Nick Bjugstad is also out longer-term, though Malkin is expected to miss more time than Bjugstad. Both players sustained lower-body injuries in Pittsburgh's 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Malkin is dealing with a soft tissue injury and is expected to be out at least a month.
Malkin, 33, has one goal through two games this season after posting 21 goals and 72 points in 68 games last year.
Bjugstad, 27, is without a point in two games this season. He had nine goals and 14 points in 32 games with the Penguins last season after being acquired from the Florida Panthers.
The Penguins (1-1) will face the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.