Coach Willie Desjardins indicated he hopes Bo Horvat will be available for Monday's game against the Wild, but should know more Monday.
The Vancouver Sun's Brad Ziemer indicates that Horvat hurt his foot while attempting to block a shot in Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs. While he hasn't officially been ruled out, the Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma paints a much more pessimistic picture on his availability, and all signs point to him being doubtful at best. The team should update his status again on gameday, but his absence would lead to some shuffling among the top six forwards. Alex Friesen is also expected replace Horvat in the lineup should he be unavailable.
Nick Bonino (hand) will not play against the Panthers on Monday.
Despite hitting the one-month mark -- the original timetable for a return -- coach Mike Sullivan gave little hint that an imminent return was possible. "Nothing new, he's getting his skating legs back," Sullivan said of Bonino. The coach said he has an idea of when Bonino will be close and will reveal further information at that time.
Coach Mike Sullivan declined to name a starting goalie for Monday's game against the Panthers.
Pittsburgh plays only one game in five days until Thursday, which would make it unusual for the backup ( Jeff Zatkoff ) to get the nod, but he did stop 42 shots in an overtime victory against Florida just one week ago. The team then plays three games in four days to close out Week 20 and Zatkoff will almost surely get one of those starts.
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 games in four days. While Malkin's timetable isn't set, it appears he could return for at least two of those games, perhaps even three.
Rasmus Ristolainen didn't register a point, but sported a plus-3 rating in Sunday's win over the Avalanche.
Ristolainen hasn't been on the scoresheet in five of the last six games, but his presence continues to be felt as he's registered a plus-3 rating in consecutive contests. The 21-year-old has had a highly productive campaign on the blue line and should continue to be deployed in all formats.