Malkin was given a maintenance day on Tuesday, but was fully expected to suit up tonight. It appears that he will dress and skate with James Neal and Pascal Dupuis vs. Washington. Malkin has only three goals this season but his 17 assists is fourth in the NHL. He has 10 assists in his last eight games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they've agreed to an eight-year, $76-million US contract extension for 2011-12 NHL Most Valuable Player Evgeni Malkin, who was due to hit the free-agent market next summer.
Malkin will earn $9.5 million US for each season through to the deal's 2021-22 expiration, the club announced. He turns 27 in July, will earn $7.5 million next season under his old deal, with a cap hit of $8.7 million. For his career, he's scored 217 goals and 343 assists for 560 points in 458 games. No stranger to the penalty box, he's compiled 462 penalty minutes.
Malkin will return to the Pens lineup after missing their last five games with a shoulder injury. He is an elite player so obviously you should get him into your lineup. He has missed a lot of time this year with injuries which has limited his production but he still has eight goals and 21 assists in 28 games.
Malkin has missed the Penguins last nine games with a shoulder injury. He will return to the lineup and assume his spot on the Pens second line alongside James Neal and Brenden Morrow. The Pens also acquired Jarome Iginla last night and he is expected to play with Malkin and Neal, that sounds like a scary line. Get Malkin in your lineups.
#Pens Evgeni Malkin will not play tonight vs #Flyers
Malkin will miss his eighth straight game tonight with a shoulder injury. He says he "still feeling pain in his shoulder." The Penguins have won 11 straight games, so there is no need to rush Malkin back to the lineup.
Malkin will NOT play vs #Isles tonight. Still day-to-day per coach Bylsma #Pens
There was speculation earlier in the week that Malkin would be back tonight. He practiced this morning but just filled in for Matt Cooke and did not participate in power-play drills. The Penguins next game is on Sunday. Monitor Malkin's status prior to Sunday's contest.