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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.

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If Malkin (lower body) skates over the weekend, then he will probably accompany the team on its West Coast road trip.

"That's going to be the key thing, whether the trainers clear (Malkin) to get on the ice or not," coach Mike Johnston said. Pittsburgh travels to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver next week.

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The Pens won't know Malkin's (lower-body) status until he skates, something which he's not expected to do for "three or four days, for sure," according to coach Mike Johnston.

It seems safe to rule out Malkin for Pittsburgh's upcoming four-game week, which starts Tuesday against Winnipeg. Malkin and Sidney Crosby are tied for the team lead in points with 51.

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Malkin (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Malkin's move to injured reserve is likely retroactive, which would allow him to return as soon as he's ready. He remains without a concrete timetable at this point, but the team should provide an update before the 28-year-old steps back on the ice for his next game.

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Malkin (lower body) has been ruled out for the All-Star Game and has no timetable for a return.

Malkin suffered the injury during the second period of Tuesday's game against the Flyers and was ruled out from playing in Wednesday's match against the Blackhawks after testing his injury during warmups. After the team's medical staff reviewed his condition Thursday, it's now looking like Malkin's absence could extend beyond the break, potentially creating a major void in the Pittsburgh lineup. If Malkin does indeed miss further games due to the injury, Brandon Sutter would likely step in as the Pens' new second-line center.

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Malkin (lower body) will not participate in this weekend's NHL All-Star Game, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Moreover, the report indicates that Malkin will probably miss time beyond the NHL's All-Star break due to his unspecified lower body injury. "With (Malkin), he won't be ready to play right after the break," according to GM Jim Rutherford. "It's probably an injury that will take a little time to heal."

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Updating a previous report, Malkin (undisclosed) will be scratched for Wednesday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Malkin had been listed on the second line, per the Penguins' official Twitter account, but it now appears he'll sit this one out.