Evgeni Malkin C PIT 9 Days
Evgeni Malkin has claimed the NHL's first star of the week for the period ending Dec. 1.
He led all skaters with nine points (three goals, six assists) in four games. Malkin has picked up at least one point in eight straight contests, which has vaulted him into second place in the league's scoring race, with 35 points in 28 matches, and just one point behind Pittsburgh teammate Sidney Crosby.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 10 Days
Evgeni Malkin had a hand in four of the Penguins' goals in their 5-1 rout of the Panthers on Saturday night.
Watching a talent like this take over a game is a treat for all NHL fans, but certainly not for his opponents. Malkin scored his seventh in the second period and picked up three helpers, too, to give him 25 on the year, tops in the NHL. Malkin now has 17 points over his last eight games. Other goal scorers for the Penguins included James Neal (also with an assist), Chris Kunitz, Jussi Jokinen and Joe Vitale.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 13 Days
Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Penguins in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout win over Toronto.
In addition to the three points, Malkin picked up two penalty minutes and six shots on goal in the victory. He has now racked up 12 points in his last six contests. Kris Letang added a goal and two assists in the win while James Neal picked up a goal and an assist and Chris Conner added his first.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 16 Days
Evgeni Malkin was announced as the NHL's first star of the week on Monday.
He registered four straight multi-point outings, while contributing seven assists and eight points. Malkin ended a 15-game goal drought on Nov. 22, but he remained dangerous offensively over that time. He is tied for first in the league with 22 assists and he's seventh overall with 26 points in 24 contests.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 17 Days
Evgeni Malkin looks like he avoided an injury when he crashed into the boards Saturday.
Malkin seemed to injure his tailbone but managed to play another shift later in the third period and coach Dan Bylsma said after the game that he expected Malkin to play on Monday. Malkin has been white-hot of late with a goal and seven assists in his last four games to give him four goals and 26 points this season. Unless you hear otherwise, keep him in your lineup.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 18 Days
Perennial all-star sniper Evgeni Malkin ended his 15-game goal drought Friday night when he extended the Penguins' lead to 3-1 at 6:25 of the second period.
It was the longest goal drought of his career. James Neal slid the puck into a crowded crease where Malkin buried his fourth goal of the season and first since Oct. 17 at 6:25 of the second period to put Pittsburgh ahead of the Islanders by two. Malkin is second on the Penguins with 24 points, six behind Crosby; he earned 14 assists during the drought. "He had a breakaway and I wasn't ready," Malkin said of Neal. "At the last second, I shot the puck and it surprised me. Thanks to him for sure. My line did a great job tonight and I had a breakaway in the last five minutes and didn't score, but I'm just excited for the next game."
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 20 Days
Evgeni Malkin hasn't registered a single goal in the month of November but he has posted 12 assists.
Malkin hasn't tickled the twine, but his 12 assists during the month of November leads the league in that department. He sits behind only Alex Ovechkin in terms of percentage of team power-play time (86.2 percent). One of the main reasons behind his goal-scoring drought is perhaps his reduced shots on goal average. So far this season he's averaging just 2.68 shots on goal per contest which is well off his career pace of 3.65. Perhaps the simple answer for Malkin to solve his goal-scoring woes is to shoot more?
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 22 Days
Evgeni Malkin notched a pair of assists for the Penguins in a 3-1 win over Anaheim Monday.
His career-long goal scoring drought has reached 14 games, but his struggles have been somewhat overblown considering he has still scored at nearly a point-per-game pace on the season. Sidney Crosby, Brian Gibbons and Brandon Sutter all scored goals in the victory.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 24 Days
Evgeni Malkin has not found the back of the net in his last 13 games.
It is the longest goal scoring drought of his NHL career. Malkin had a poor game on Saturday with a minus-three rating in a 4-1 loss to New Jersey and had his six game point streak snapped. He now has three goals and 18 points in 20 games. His 15 assists rank him sixth in the NHL but he should be a top five scorer and not sitting in 29th place in points. Look for Malkin to break out soon.
Evgeni Malkin C PIT 1 Month
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review stated that Evgeni Malkin looked invigorated with the return of linemate James Neal to the lineup.
That is great news for Malkin owners as Malkin set up Jussi Jokinen on the power play for the Penguins only goal. Malkin has now gone 10 games without a goal but has three goals and 15 points in 17 games. Look for those numbers to jump with Neal back from injury.