Evgeni Malkin to miss Penguins' 2-game trip with lower-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss a two-game road trip through Florida this weekend.

Centre leads NHL club with 49 points

Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin, right, will miss a two-game road trip through Florida this weekend with a lower-body injury. Malkin has 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) to lead Pittsburgh, which has won four straight to get back into playoff position in the NHL's Eastern Conference. (Gerry Broome/The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss a two-game road trip through Florida this weekend.

Coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday that Malkin, the team's leading scorer, is dealing with a nagging issue. Malkin will remain in Pittsburgh while the surging Penguins visit Tampa Bay on Friday and the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

The former MVP will be re-evaluated when the team returns. Pittsburgh hosts Anaheim on Monday.

Malkin has 23 goals and 26 assists for the Penguins, who have won four straight to get back into playoff position.

Sullivan said centre Eric Fehr will miss about a month with a "significant" lower-body injury suffered in the second period of a 6-5 victory over Ottawa on Tuesday. Fehr missed 10 games earlier this year while recovering from off-season elbow surgery

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