Evgeni Malkin C PIT 18 Days

Malkin (undisclosed) is not practicing with the Penguins on Saturday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Penguins have but three remaining scheduled practices before the start of the season and Malkin has yet to skate, let alone practice. It's becoming increasingly likely that the elite fantasy centerman begins 2014-15 on IR -- though a somewhat injured Malkin is still probably better than most healthy players.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 21 Days

Malkin (undisclosed), who hasn't been cleared to work out, will need to "follow a progression" to get back on the ice, according to coach Mike Johnston.

It's possible that Malkin could still start the season in Pittsburgh's lineup if he's able to join the team for its final four practices, which start this weekend, but right now there's no reason to believe he's close to practicing. Johnston said Malkin sustained the injury after returning from Russia over the summer. Keep an eye on when the centerman is able to practice -- that will help set the stage for his return.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 23 Days

Malkin (undisclosed) still hasn't skated during training camp, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It's becoming worrisome that the elite hockey player hasn't practiced -- let alone skate -- in training camp. Malkin suffered from a foot injury in the spring and it's very possible that the ailment is keeping him out of action. An upper-body injury would not necessarily preclude Malkin from participating in a non-contact jersey. Coach Johnston continues to push back Malkin's timetable, and while Opening Night remains 10 days away, fantasy owners need to keep a close eye on the Russian.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 23 Days

The Penguins don't expect Malkin to participate in their final two exhibition games Monday or Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe reports.

This seems to be in line with the timetable Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnson laid out Friday, so that should increase confidence Malkin will be on the ice and producing when the regular season starts next Thursday.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 25 Days

Malkin's coach Mike Johnson said he expects Malkin to start skating in 4-to-5 days, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.

The Penguins continue to insist that Malkin's injury is not serious and that he should be ready to play sooner rather than later. This time table is good news for Malkin's fantasy stock though. As long as he does indeed return in 4-to-5 days, then he shouldn't miss many regular season games.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 29 Days

Malkin (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday, the Tribune-Review reports.

The Penguins continue to bring Malkin along slowly as he recovers from an undisclosed injury suffered prior to training camp. He did not play in Monday's preseason opener, and it remains to be seen when he'll return to the ice. Pittsburgh certainly won't rush its star back, but the hope is that he'll be able to see some exhibition action prior to the regular season opener October 9 against the Ducks.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 1 Month

Malkin will be held out of the early stages of training camp after he suffered an undisclosed injury prior to camp.

Sidney Crosby is similarly being held out in the early going, so it's more than likely just the case where the organization wants to keep its two stars fresh. Malkin's draft stock shouldn't be affected by the injury, unless news surfaces that the issue is more severe than the Penguins are letting on. The 28-year-old will have to adjust to new coach Mike Johnston's preferred system of using his forwards in pairs rather than lines, but he's still poised to deliver high-end production from the center spot.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 3 Months

Penguins coach Mike Johnston is traveling to Russia this weekend to visit star center Evgeni Malkin.

Johnston doesn't have any worries about political tensions in Russia. The new Pens coach visited Moscow eight times while he was working for Team Canada Hockey. He said he always has felt comfortable in Moscow, which is where Malkin lives during the summer. Johnston is being accompanied in Russia by Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Kadar visits Malkin during the summer every year. "It will be just fine," Johnston said. "It's not an uncomfortable place to visit, even with the things that are (going on in the world)." Penguins management declined to comment.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 5 Months

Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin helped Russia win gold at the 2014 World Hockey Championship on Sunday.

Russia went 10-0 in the tournament, including Sunday's 5-2 win in the gold medal game against Finland. Malkin scored the game-winner while Ovechkin also found the net in Russia's win. It may not spell a full redemption after Sochi, but it's a nice response after that disappointment.

Evgeni Malkin C PIT 5 Months

Evgeni Malkin produced a goal and an assist for Russia in a 3-0 win against France in quarterfinal action at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

He played with Viktor Tikhonov and Nikolai Kulemin in his second appearance of the tournament. "I felt much better today, I had the time to get acclimated," Malkin told the IIHF's website. "Kulyomin and I have played with each other a lot before and I know how to play with him. It's very comfortable for me on the line with Kolya (Kulyomin) and Tikhonov. It was a good win but we could have played better and been more effective."