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Malkin tallied three assists -- including one on the power play -- in a 4-3 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

Malkin was arguably the best player on the ice in a matchup featuring some of the league's brightest stars. The centerman now has three goals and eight points during a four-game point streak. For the season, Malkin has scored 24 goals and 61 points in 56 contests.

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Malkin scored his third goal in his last eight games Thursday.The five shots on goal represent his highest total since returning from a groin injury. Malkin played the left point on Pittsburgh's No. 1 power play late in the third period as the team deployed both Malkin and Sidney Crosby together. Surprisingly, the star centerman is still looking for his first assist since Jan. 20.

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Malkin has two points in seven games since returning from a groin injury.The centerman also holds a disastrous 39-64 mark (37.9 percent) in the faceoff circle over that span. Malkin seems set with linemates Blake Comeau and Patric Hornqvist at even strength, but he's toiled on the team's No. 2 PP unit the last two games. He'll look for a turnaround game Thursday versus the Blue Jackets, against whom he's scored three goals and 10 points in 8 career contests.

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The Penguins split up Sidney Crosby and Malkin on the top power-play unit against the Blackhawks, with Malkin moving to a second unit.Coach Mike Johnston is trying anything to jumpstart a power play that scored more goals (19) in its first 11 games than in its last 45 (17). Malkin has netted only two goals in six games since returning from a groin injury, but seemed invisible at times Sunday in Chicago.

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Malkin scored his second goal in five games Thursday since returning from a groin injury.The line of Malkin, Blake Comeau and Patric Hornqvist has stuck together for two games and looked good. Malkin has just four power-play points (all assists) in his last 24 games, however, as the team's power play continues to struggle. He sits 11th in scoring with 53 points (21G, 22A) in 50 games.

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Malkin potted a goal in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Oilers.

Malkin is once again a 20-goal scorer, and currently ranks sixth in the NHL with 52 points through 46 games. Wednesday's tally was also the game winning goal, which was Malkin's third on the season.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 23 Days

Malkin returned from a groin injury Wednesday and netted his 20th goal of the season in a 2-0 win against the Oilers.

Strangely, all three of his game-winning goals in 2014-15 have come in shutouts. Pittsburgh did not receive one power-play opportunity, limiting Malkin's chances to do further damage. He set up linemate, Mark Arcobello, on numerous occasions without result. Hopefully the Russian will eventually play with forwards better suited for his skill level.

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Coach Mike Johnston confirmed that Malkin (groin) would be activated from injured reserve to play Wednesday against the Oilers.

Malkin had been expected all along to return Wednesday from a five-game absence, but the coaching staff wanted to see him participate in the team's morning skate before declaring him good to go. The 28-year-old will immediately reclaim his gig as the Pens' second-line center, though he'll have new mates in Mark Arcobello and Patric Hornqvist flanking him on both sides. Malkin has been stellar as usual this season, notching 19 goals and 32 assists over 45 games.

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Malkin (lower body) expects to play as soon as Wednesday in Edmonton.

Barring any setbacks in practice with his groin injury, Malkin will return against the Oilers. Make sure to activate him in weekly leagues.

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Malkin (lower body) resumed skating Saturday morning, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Per the Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson, Malkin is dealing with a groin injury. While he seemed to be encouraged by Saturday's session, he has already ruled himself out for Sunday's tilt with Nashville. On a more positive note, Malkin does plan to travel with the team for its road trip beginning Wednesday in Edmonton, and it stands to reason he'll be available immediately if he endures no further setbacks during his subsequent practices. The Penguins have been using Brandon Sutter as their second-line center during Malkin's absence.