PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Penguins will be without the services of their alternate captain and acting first-line center Evgeni Malkin on Thursday when they take on the Blue Jackets.

According to Head Coach Mike Sullivan, Malkin will be out of the lineup with an illness.

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In a corresponding move, the Penguins recalled Joseph Blandisi on an emergency basis.

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This is the second time this season Malkin has been out of the lineup after he suffered a lower-body injury in the second game of the season against the Blue Jackets which kept him out of the lineup for several weeks.

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The Penguins and Blue Jackets faceoff tonight at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m.