How fitting that Geno reached that gaudy milestone one game after teammate Sidney Crosby became the 86th player in NHL history to cross the 1,000 point barrier. Malkin has averaged well over a point per game between more than a decade's worth of NHL service time, yet he's still 183 combined goals and assists separated from Sid, who's no longer a kid.
Malkin filled up the scoresheet in Thursday's overtime victory against Winnipeg, scoring a goal on five shots to go with an assist a plus-2 rating and six PIM.
That's a juicy game for fantasy owners, who enjoyed a feast by the Penguins' big stars -- Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang -- against the Jets' lackluster defense. Geno's now put up two straight two-point games since returning from injury, so he clearly hasn't missed a beat.
Malkin (knee) netted the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-0 win against the Canucks on Tuesday.
His return from a seven-game absence was well worth the wait. The Russian pivot skated 18:36, seven seconds higher than his season average -- an indication that he's playing without restriction. Malkin's now has scored 12 goals and 38 points in 26 home tilts, and with 56 overall points, he trails Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid by only five for the league lead.
Malkin (knee) will be back in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Canucks, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports.
As expected, Malkin makes his long-awaited return after a seven game absence. Before being injured, Geno was displaying some of the form we've come to expect from him over the years, notching six goals and five assists to go with a plus-2 rating in the eight games before going down. We'll see if he can pick up where he left off Tuesday.
Although coach Mike Sullivan designated Malkin a game-time call, all signs point to the center being back in the lineup. In addition to being a full participant at practice Monday, Malkin joined the top power-play unit, Pens Inside Scoop reports. It is also worth noting that while the 30-year-old remains on injured reserve, the Pens have an open spot on the 23-man roster and would not need to make a corresponding move to activate him. Look for confirmation prior to puck drop, but all the indicators seem to say Malkin will be on the ice.