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Pens’ Evgeni Malkin Out With Upper-Body Injury

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without center Evgeni Malkin who will not be available for Pittsburgh’s game against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday due to an upper-body injury.

Malkin didn’t skate Tuesday after suffering the injury during Pittsburgh’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Pens head coach Mike Sullivan said that Malkin will be reevaluated on Thursday to determine his status for the Pens’ upcoming games against the Boston Bruins on Friday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel moved from second-line left wing to center on the same line to compensate for Malkin’s absence.

“I don’t mind it,” Sullivan said when asked about keeping Guentzel at center. “He’s a cerebral player. I think he has a good, solid two-way game. He’s played center. He played a lot of center in college. So, it’s not something he’s unfamiliar with. He’s a good player. If we do choose to use him there, I think he can make that adjustment fine.”

“It all depends on who’s available for us,” Sullivan said. “We don’t know if Carter Rowney is going to play or if he’s not going to play. So, we’ll have to make some decisions.”

“Obviously, full contact is the last step before [Rowney] gets clearance,” Sullivan said. “We’ll see how he responds to this today. I’ll talk to the medical staff and then we’ll make decisions accordingly. But certainly, it’s encouraging the progress that he’s made.”

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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