Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
3 months ago

Malkin will turn his attention to next season, after the Penguins were bounced from the playoffs by Washington on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Having played in 57 postseason games over the past three years, Malkin seemed gassed at times versus the Capitals. This was never more evident than in Game 6, in which the Russian failed to secure a point and registered just one shot, despite logging 19:55 of ice time. Playoffs aside, the 31-year-old had another tremendous season, including leading the team in points (98), goals (42) and game-winners (seven). The elite center also stayed relatively health and logged 78 contests -- the most since 2008-09 when he appeared in all 82. Throughout Malkin's career, he has averaged over a point per game (1.19) and there should be little doubt he can continue that pace heading into 2018-19.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
3 months ago

Malkin scored the game-winning goal on the power play in Thursday's 3-1 Game 4 victory over Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Malkin's diving effort appeared to be stymied right at the goal line, but further review concluded that the puck did indeed cross the line. That tally late in the second broke a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh even the series at two games apiece.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (lower body) will play in Game 3 against the Capitals on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

After sitting out the last three outings, Malkin is ready to help the Penguins take the lead in the conference semifinals. The 31-year-old pivot served 18 PIM in four game against the Caps during the regular season, but that didn't stop him from compiling two goals and four helpers against the divisional foes. Expect Malkin to be an offensive force in Game 3 with an added physical presence.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (lower body) will be a game-time call for Game 3 against the Capitals on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

In their opening-round matchup with Philadelphia, the Penguins' power play was clicking at 20 percent. Through two games against Washington, Pittsburgh has been unable to convert once, despite five opportunities. To say that the team's struggles are entirely due to Malkin's absence might be a stretch, but considering he racked up 38 points during the regular season with the man advantage -- it's certainly a big factor. The Russian also plays a significantly more physical style than his all-star teammates Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby, which could help the Pens stand up to the Capitals in Game 3 -- if he is available.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (lower body) is out for Game 2 versus the Capitals on Sunday, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

This will be the third straight game the Penguins will be without their star center, but coach Mike Sullivan said he could play Game 3 on Tuesday. Malkin's absence will allow Carter Rowney to work as the fourth-line center, but it severely inhibits the Penguins' center depth. Malkin compiled three goals and five points through five games in the conference quarterfinals, while Rowney had just five points in 44 regular-season contests.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteCoach Mike Sullivan indicated Saturday that Malkin (lower body) will be a game-time call for Sunday's Game 2 against the Capitals, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Malkin missed each of the previous two games because of his lower-body issue, but he returned to full-contact practice Saturday. The veteran appears to be in good position to rejoin the lineup for Game 2, though a night of rest following a full session should give the coaching staff a better idea of where he's at physically ahead of the contest. Expect another update on game day confirming the star forward's status on game day.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (lower body) will not be in action against the Capitals on Thursday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Malkin has been officially ruled out, he will still travel with the team to Washington, which means he may be available for Game 2. The all-star center registered five points in as many games during the first round -- productivity which won't be easily replaced. Without the Russian in the lineup, his spot on the second line should continue to be filled by Riley Sheahan.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (lower body) remains day-to-day, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

EDGE Analysis

Malkin was not in attendance at the Penguins' practice session Tuesday, but considering the team won't play until Thursday at the earliest, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise. The Russian sat out Game 6 due to his lower-body injury, having scored five points in the prior five contests. Without Geno in the lineup, Riley Sheahan was bumped up to a second-line role and should continue to deputize in Malkin's stead.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (leg) won't play Game 6 against the Flyers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Malkin suffered this injury in the second period of Game 5 when Philadelphia forward Jori Lehtera awkwardly fell on his leg, but Malkin finished the game anyway. The Penguins hope this injury isn't serious, but it's tough to be optimistic about the nature of this issue with so much on the line Sunday. Malkin was lights out for the Penguins in the regular season, and he's compiled three goals and two assists in the playoffs so far. His next chance to play will be a possible Game 7 on Tuesday or in the conference semifinals.

Evgeni Malkin
C PIT
4 months ago

Malkin (leg) is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 6 against the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Mike Sullivan indicated after the session that all injured players were game-time decisions, but Malkin's absence from Saturday's practice leaves him with a gloomier outlook than Patric Hornqvist (upper body) -- who practiced in full. Official word on his availability for Sunday's Game 6 could arrive as late as pregame warmups.