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Evgeni Malkin injury update: Pittsburgh Penguins could get forward back tonight


The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t had Evgeni Malkin in the lineup for their last two games. He was injured during practice last Thursday and hadn’t been back out on the ice since. That changed this morning though, as “Geno” took to the ice with his teammates prior to tonight’s contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

No specific updates have been issued, but Malkin’s presence as a regular in the lineup during practice seems to indicate that he’ll be good to go. Head coach Dan Bylsma said that his entire lineup is a game-time decision, which isn’t surprising given how many injuries the Penguins are dealing with right now.

Malkin took regular line rushes this morning and was centering the second line per usual.

No one in the NHL had been playing better hockey than Malkin before he was forced out with an injury. Missing two games has allowed Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks to tie him for second place in league scoring with 37 points, but Malkin has been consistently posting a point or two a night for the better part of a month now.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets give up 2.72 goals per game (18th in the NHL) and could have their hands full with typical No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on the shelf.

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