Injury Update: Malkin, Staal Heading In Opposite Directions?
The saga surrounding Jordan Staal's injury woes has apparently taken yet another startling turn.
According to various reports on Friday evening, X-rays on Staal's broken hand, suffered after being hit by a wayward puck in practice while on the verge of returning from his much talked-about foot injury in last season's playoffs, revealed yet another break to a different bone. Some sources also reported that there wasn’t an injury to a different part of the hand, but in fact the previously broken bone was instead broken again.
Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma refuted these claims however, assuring surrounding reporters that there was in fact no setback and that Staal’s recovery was still 100% on track, attributing the new reports to a “calcification” issue according to Pittsburgh’s Tribune-Review:
To say that Jordan Staal’s recent stretch of luck has been frustrating to the Penguins, their fans, and of course Jordan himself, would be putting it mildly. Remarkably, up until the initial foot injury last spring he had yet to miss a single contest in his NHL career, a staggering number when you glance at his games played total for the 2010-11 season thus far: zero. Needless to say, the drama continues.
In other Penguins’ injury news, Evgeni Malkin took to the ice for full practice this morning, marking the first time he has since re-aggravating a knee injury on December 2nd against the Atlanta Thrashers. The elite Russian has missed three games since, and will likely be a game-time decision tonight when the Penguins face off with the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. Regardless, even if #71 does not rejoin the lineup tonight, it certainly appears that he isn’t far off.