Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, including severe headache and mild disorientation, as first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Malkin was injured early in the third period of the Penguins’ win over Florida at Consol Energy Center on Friday after smacking his head into the end boards.
The Russian forward is not expected to suit up Sunday against Tampa Bay. The Penguins are still big -171 favorites on the moneyline and face a total of six at BetOnline.
Pittsburgh will be on the road most of next week, and Malkin’s status for that trip had not been determined as of Saturday morning.
The Penguins are no strangers to a franchise player dealing with concussion symptoms.
Team captain Sidney Crosby suited up in only eight games from Jan. 5, 2011-March 15, 2012, because of concussion symptoms.
Malkin has four goals and 21 points in 18 games this season.