Malkin, Gonchar out vs. Lightning

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will miss his fifth consecutive game and seventh in his past eight because of a bruised right foot.

Malkin said following Wednesday's morning skate that he would not play in the Penguins' night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He hopes to return Saturday against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar said he would miss a fourth consecutive game because of strep throat. He also expects to play Saturday.