Evgeni Malkin C PIT 3 months ago

Malkin put a team-high six shots on goal in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Rangers, but failed to come away with a single point.

Malkin was held off the score sheet in all five games of the series, which effectively thwarted any shot the Penguins had of upsetting the Presidents' Trophy winners. The star center had actually gone without a point in the final five games of the regular season as well, so he'll finish off the 2014-15 campaign in a 10-game scoring drought, an extremely rare occurrence for one of the NHL's premier offensive talents. Prior to Game 5, reports came out that Malkin had been playing through an unspecified injury of late, so that would certainly seem to explain the steep drop in his production. Don't be surprised if news surfaces in the coming days that Malkin will require some sort of offseason procedure to address the injury.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 3 months ago

Malkin is reportedly playing through an unspecified injury, NHL.com reports.

While the issue does not threaten Malkin's availability for Friday's Game 5 against the Rangers, it corresponds with the forward's quiet production of late. Specifically, Malkin has yet to score a point in four playoff games to date, and has recorded just three assists over his past 14 games overall.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 3 months ago

The Rangers kept Malkin in check Thursday, limiting the Russian to two shots on goal over 17:31 TOI in a pointless performance.

Malkin scored seven points in seven games against New York in last season's playoffs, but netted just one goal and an assist in three games at Madison Square Garden. The center is likely playing through a back injury, but he needs to come up big if the Pens expect to challenge the Blueshirts in Round 1.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

Malkin, who was held without a point Saturday, saw his goal-scoring slump reach 10 games against the Sabres.

He registered a game-high six shots Saturday, but nothing he shoots has found the back of the net in recent weeks. He's obviously still less than 100 percent healthy and will likely have until Thursday before the first postseason game begins. Malkin netted three goals and seven points in seven playoff games against New York last spring and has 42 points in 46 career tilts against the Blueshirts.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

Malkin was held pointless and registered a minus-2 rating Tuesday night in Ottawa.

He hasn't scored a point in two games since returning from a lower-body injury. The Russian seemed to be playing at less than 100 percent late in Tuesday's game, something to keep an eye on going into the final regular-season weekend.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

Malkin (undisclosed) will return for Sunday's game against the Flyers.

Malkin only missed two games, with coach Mike Johnston describing the injury as "nagging". It's worth keeping an eye on the superstar center, as Johnston's comments hint that the issue could pop back up over the final few games of the season or in the playoffs.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

As expected, Malkin (undisclosed) will sit out Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets.

Coach Mike Johnston described Malkin's injury as "nagging," which doesn't bode well for the center going forward. Malkin also noted Friday that he probably came back too soon from his lower-body injury last weekend.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

Coach Mike Johnston said Malkin (undisclosed) might play Sunday and will definitely be ready for Tuesday's game. He's already been ruled out of Saturday's tilt in Columbus.

The Penguins coach said he knew Malkin would likely only play one game over the weekend due to a nagging injury.

"We'll see if he's good enough for Sunday," Johnston said. "I hope he'll be able to play on Sunday, but I'm sure he'll be able to play Tuesday."

Whenever Malkin does return, he will likely skate with Chris Kunitz and Blake Comeau.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

Malkin (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, but he is questionable for Sunday's game against the Flyers, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Malkin's injury is not thought to be especially serious, but the Penguins are at the point in their season when there's little need for an aggressive approach to such matters. As relayed by coach Mike Johnston, Malkin can be considered questionable for Sunday.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 months ago

Malkin (undisclosed) is on the ice for Friday's practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Thursday that the injury is not serious, but he wasn't ready to commit to Malkin being available for Saturday's game against Columbus. While the superstar winger's Friday participation does point in that direction, the Penguins can afford to take a cautious approach.