Evgeni Malkin C PIT 2 days ago

Malkin assisted on a pair of power-play goals Saturday in his return after missing Pittsburgh's last six games.

The Pens won just one game with Malkin and Patric Hornqvist out. Malkin led all Pittsburgh forwards with 21:15 TOI, showing that he's adequately recovered from his lower-body injury.

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Malkin (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

After experiencing no further soreness with his lower-body injury overnight, Malkin will be cleared to play for the first time in six games. The Pens struggled mightily to generate offense in his absence, and with Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) also returning to the lineup Saturday, the team should be able to get back on track against the Coyotes and goalie Mike Smith, who currently sits on a 3.16 GAA and .902 save percentage for the season. Fantasy owners can feel comfortable activating Malkin in his first game back from the injury.

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Coach Mike Johnston said Malkin (lower body) took full contact during Friday's practice and labeled him as a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Phoenix.

Johnston added that he would talk to Pittsburgh's training staff to gather further information on Malkin. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Penguins coach sounded confident his star forward would return to the lineup Saturday.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 4 days ago

Malkin (lower body) felt strong after participating in Friday's practice and believes there's a "great chance" he'll be able to play Saturday against the Coyotes.

The Penguins could surely use Malkin back in their lineup, as the team has lost five of the last six games the center has missed while scoring a total of seven goals. While Malkin said he'll likely be cleared to play if he reports no pain or soreness over night, due to the 1:00 ET start time of Saturday's match, his availability may not be clarified until pregame warmups.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 6 days ago

Malkin (lower body) won't travel with the team to Raleigh for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Though Malkin will be absent for a sixth consecutive game, he was able to return to the ice Wednesday morning for another practice session. Coach Mike Johnston remains optimistic that the star center will be available for one or both of the Penguins' games over the weekend.

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Malkin (lower body) is not slated to play Tuesday against the Blues.

Per the report, coach Mike Johnston indicates that the Penguins plan to dress seven defensemen Tuesday, with both Malkin and Patric Hornqvist still out.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 1 week ago

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Sunday that Malkin (lower body) is about 50-50 or a bit worse to return for Tuesday's game against the Blues, NHL.com reports.

Malkin, who has missed the last four games, was a limited participant at Sunday's practice. Coach Mike Johnston said Malkin will likely return before Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed), who the coach all but ruled out for Tuesday's game.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 1 week ago

Malkin (lower body) was present for practice Sunday.

It's unclear how close to a return to action Malkin is, but his presence on the ice Sunday offers hope that the forward could suit up at some point this coming week, in the absence of any setbacks.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 1 week ago

Malkin (lower body) is progressing and skating on his own, according to coach Mike Johnston, ROOT Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

Johnston gave no timetable for Malkin's return, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him skate in three of Pittsburgh's four games in the coming week, starting with Thursday's tilt in Carolina.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 2 weeks ago

Malkin (lower body) will not join the Penguins for their two-game road trip beginning Thursday in Dallas.

The news doesn't come as much of a surprise after GM Jim Rutherford speculated Monday that Malkin would be unavailable for 1-to-2 weeks after suffering the lower-body injury in last Saturday's loss to the Bruins. On a positive note, coach Mike Johnston indicated Malkin is making progress and should be on track to resume skating with the rest of the team when it returns from the trip Sunday.