The Pittsburgh Penguins said Tuesday that forward Evgeni Malkin will be out of the lineup for two to three weeks due to a foot injury.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin suffered the injury in the team's previous game, against St. Louis.

Malkin is tied for sixth in the NHL with 49 assists and is seventh in points with 72, having appeared in 60 of the team's 71 games.

Only teammate Sidney Crosby has a better points-per-game average among NHL players than Malkin's 1.20 rate.

The Russian player missed several games this season with a left-foot injury suffered in a Dec. 14 contest, and in 2010 he was out of the lineup with a right-foot injury.

Bylsma said Malkin does not require surgery and the team anticipates Malkin being ready when the Stanley Cup playoffs start April 16.

The Penguins, who host Phoenix on Tuesday, are atop the Metropolitan Division and second in the Eastern Conference in points. Pittsburgh (46-20-5) trails East-leading Boston by seven points, with a game in hand.

With files from The Associated Press