Malkin, Letang still out for Penguins vs. Isles

The Pittsburgh Penguins are again without star forward Evgeni

Malkin and top defenseman Kris Letang as they visit the New York

Islanders and try to stretch their winning streak to 11 games.

Malkin is sidelined Friday night because of an upper body

injury, while Letang is dealing with a lower body problem.

Malkin, who earlier in the week eyed the matchup with the

Islanders as a possible return date, sat out for a seventh straight

time. Letang missed his second game and is considered to be day to


However, the Penguins haven’t missed a beat without them.

Pittsburgh is the first NHL team to record at least a 10-game

winning streak in three consecutive seasons, according to the Elias

Sports Bureau.