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Details of Evgeni Malkin's Severe Lower Body Injury and Timetable Revealed

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 26:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 26, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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This is absolutely the last thing the Pittsburgh Penguins need right now.

Notoriously slow starters, the Pens handled the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 in their second game of the season, notching their first win in the process. Unfortunately, that came at a price, as second-line Russian stud Evgeni Malkin suffered a severe lower body injury, which has now been revealed.

Malkin's injury will keep him out at least a month, although given the uncertainty in Dreger's synopsis, it could very well be longer depending on how the ailment heals. In his absence, the Pens will face a shortage of centers as Nick Bjugstad is also out long-term, although the extent of his injury isn't known at this time.

Pittsburgh will rely heavily on Sidney Crosby as they always do in times of crisis, but without the likes of Phil Kessel to pick up the slack scoring-wise, this could prove very detrimental to the Pens' success early on this season.

Troubling times could be ahead for Pittsburgh.