Malkin (knee) is officially in the lineup for Thursday's Game 3 clash with the Islanders, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

Malkin was labeled a game-time call by coach Mike Sullivan prior to Thursday's game, as the Russian missed the past six contests, including the first two of the playoff series. The veteran will provide a huge boost to the lineup, as he's recorded 63 goals and 169 points across 166 career playoff games. Malkin is expected to handle a No. 1 or No. 2 center role, while also seeing his usual top-unit power-play time for Thursday's game.

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