As the fantasy hockey playoffs near, stars are dropping like flies.
The Penguins announced Tuesday afternoon that Malkin will miss the next two to three weeks with a foot injury.
Malkin, who has 23 goals and 72 points on the season has had an up-and-down season, but has really started to turn things on as of late, recording six points in his past three games, including a four-point effort in Saturday’s win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Brandon Sutter, available in pretty much any league you can find, skated in Malkin’s place as the second-line center during Tuesday’s morning skate.
Winger Jayson Megna was recalled from the AHL to take Malkin’s place on the roster.
Malkin injured his foot on a play around the net early in Sunday’s game against St. Louis, Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma said.
The injury could open up more opportunities for Sutter to contribute as the veteran may be worth a look in deep leagues.
Pittsburgh hosts the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night and are currently seven points behind the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Make sure you get Malkin out of your lineups immediately.