PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek suffered a hand injury in the third period of Saturday night’s game and is expected to miss about a month.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Michalek suffered a broken finger and will miss one month of action.
Michalek went down to block a shot in the third period Saturday against New Jersey and the puck struck his hand. He remained on the ice until play was stopped and then immediately went to the locker room. He did not return.
The Penguins have health and depth on the blue line working to their advantage. Brooks Orpik recently returned from an abdominal injury, giving the Penguins seven healthy NHL defensemen prior to Michalek’s injury.
The statuses of forwards Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy are likely to be updated following the team’s Monday morning practice.
Malkin has skated for two straight days with no pain, yet was still held out of Saturday night’s game against New Jersey. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma recently said the heavy schedule to open the season hasn’t allowed for Malkin’s injury to properly heal, and the only way to allow for that is to give Malkin rest.
The Penguins have practice today and play at the New York Islanders Tuesday night.
Kennedy is recovering from a concussion and has been listed as out indefinitely.