Sunday, March 13, 2016
Malkin's Regular Season is Finished
The Pittsburgh Penguins superstars really have troubles playing a whole season, don't they? With still four weeks to play in the regular season, Evgeni Malkin will now sit for the remainder with a serious upper-body injury, which will cost him the next 6-to-8 weeks.
There was no indication as to whether or not the injury was to his shoulder or wrist, but the timeline suggests that it is a significant injury and not letting the public know means that they are already in playoff mode, a month before the dance. If Malkin can be back in in six weeks, that likely means that he might see some late action in the opening round, but it's more likely that he'll be a second round addition, assuming they make it that far.
Malkin missed today's game against the Rangers, leaving his totals at 57 games played in total, scoring 27 goals and 58 points on the year. Better than a point-per-game on the year. As of Sunday evening, he ranked 32nd in pool scoring, which would have made him into a high 2nd round pick in the draft, if it was redone with current numbers.
For Wes, the most important number that he loses is the penalty minutes, where the big Russian was decent in that department as well, 65 minutes in those same 57 games. That's a minor penalty every other game and a bit. That's alright.
With one game to go on the night, Wes currently sits waiting for the tiebreaker decision on the Basement Dweller of the week spot and is also currently in 27th place, 2 points from getting out. This loss of Malkin may be the last nail in the coffin, no matter how other teams down below are trying to get below him.
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