Evgeni Malkin

#71 C / Pittsburgh Penguins / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 lb Age: 31 College: None

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  • Malkin scored a power-play goal in a 4-3 loss against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. The 31-year-old pulled the Penguins back to within one with his marker, which deflected off a defender and into the net, but the Maple Leafs answered 22 seconds later. Still, Malkin has a point in all five games since he returned from injury and is averaging a point per game. As usuall, injuries will be the only thing keeping Malkin from competing for the Art Ross Trophy.

  • Malkin tallied a goal and assist in Saturday's win over the Sabres. And with that, Malkin is back at a point-per-game pace. Unfortunately, he's injury prone, so he's a fantasy risk. But when he's in the lineup, Malkin is one of the league's best. Make sure he's active.

  • Malkin, who was questionable for Friday's road game against the Sabres, skated for 15:26 with an assist and a single shot on goal over 15:26 of ice time on the way to a 4-0 win. Geno logged nearly three fewer minutes compared to his season average, but he still cracked the scoresheet for his fantasy owners. At the very least, that should alleviate concerns about how he'd perform following a four-game absence. Malkin and his waddle of Penguins don't hit the ice again until Tuesday against the Rangers, so he'll have an opportunity for extra rest.

  • Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Ready to rock Friday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Malkin (upper body) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Sabres, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Malkin has missed Pittsburgh's last four games due to an upper-body injury, but he'll return to his usual role skating on the Penguins' second line and top power-play unit Friday. The Russian forward's owners should plan on slotting him back into their lineups immediately, as he's been his usual productive self when healthy this campaign, racking up seven goals and 14 assists in 22 contests.

  • Malkin (upper body) will be a game-time decision against the Sabres on Friday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Considering coach Mike Sullivan routinely designates returning players as game-time decisions, it seems likely Malkin will return to the lineup versus Buffalo. Additionally, the club sent Josh Archibald down to the minors on a conditioning stint, which would leave the Pens without emergency foward depth if Geno was still slated to be out. Official confirmation will likely come during warmups, but fantasy owners can probably consider the Russian a lock to play Friday.

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