Although Malkin (knee) will not play Monday, he's progressing toward a return. Coach Mike Sullivan sounded as though Malkin might return during Week 20. "He had a good day today (Sunday)," Sullivan noted. "It's encouraging. Hopefully he continues to make progress, he's that much closer. We'll evaluate him when we get back (to Pittsburgh) after Monday's game." Starting Thursday, the Pens play three additional times this week following Monday's tilt in Florida. Malkin's timetable isn't set but it appears he could return for at least two of those games, maybe even three.
Malkin (knee) will be out of the Penguins lineup for at least another week. Malkin was ruled out by coach Mike Sullivan for Wednesday's contest against the Rangers, as well as for the team's upcoming road trip. While the Penguins continues to say the injury is not long term, the 29-year-old will miss his sixth consecutive game when they return to Pittsburgh on Feb. 18. Averaging a point per game, the center has been fantastic this season and will make a dangerous tandem with a red-hot Sidney Crosby when he gets back on the ice.
Malkin (knee) will not play against Anaheim on Monday and is listed as day-to-day, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports. The center missed both of Pittsburgh's weekend games after dealing with knee pain against Ottawa on Tuesday. The injury has nagged Malkin for several weeks -- even though he participated in the All-Star Game festivities -- and he has dealt with injuries to both knees in the past. He hadn't missed a game in 2015-16 prior to Friday.
Malkin has been ruled out for the Penguins next two matchups with a lower-body injury, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Malkin had a sensational January, as he scored 13 points in 11 games, including a hat-trick against Vancouver. Pittsburgh will miss the 29-year-old's production on the power play where he has tallied 10 goals and 13 assists while averaging almost four minutes of ice time per game with the man advantage. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters the injury would be reevaluated after the team's road trip to determine the extent.
Malkin picked up a pair of secondary power-play assists and registered a minus-3 rating Tuesday against Ottawa. The poor plus-minus rating wasn't the result of poor individual play by Malkin, though he did struggle in the faceoff circle, losing 16 of 21 draws. The center, who hasn't yet missed a game in 2015-16, now has scored 49 points (24G, 25A) in 49 contests.
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