Pittsburgh Penguins place Evgeni Malkin, Teddy Blueger on IR

Mar 13, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) makes a pass to the front of the net during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Teddy Blueger were placed on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.

Malkin sustained a lower-body injury in the Penguins’ 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Blueger is nursing an upper-body injury.

Also on Thursday, the Penguins activated defenseman John Marino from injured reserve and recalled forwards Anthony Angello, Colton Sceviour and Frederick Gaudreau to the active roster from the taxi squad.

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Malkin, 34, ranked third on the Penguins this season in points (24) in 29 games played. The former Hart Trophy recipient was second on the team in assists (16) and fourth in goals (eight) ahead of Pittsburgh’s Thursday night contest at New Jersey.

In 936 NHL games, Malkin has 424 goals and 676 assists for 1,100 points.

Blueger, 26, has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 28 games this season.

Marino, 23, had four points (one goal, three assists) in 25 games this season before Thursday.

–Field Level Media