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Malkin back tonight versus Lightning

Mar 4, 2013, 11:49 AM EST

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Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin will be back in action tonight when the Penguins host Tampa Bay.

Malkin has been sidelined with a concussion since Feb. 22, but he was skating on his regular line with James Neal and Matt Cooke this morning at practice.

After practice, Pens coach Dan Bylsma said that Malkin — who the club says passed an ImPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) — has been feeling good for a full week and will be in the lineup.

Of course, while it will be nice to have one of hockey’s most dangerous scorers back, the Penguins have to be more concerned about their defensive play, especially against Steven Stamkos and the NHL’s top offense.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 7-6 overtime win Saturday in Montreal and has surrendered 16 goals in its last three games.

Update: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Penguins also put Zack Boychuk on waivers today, possibly to clear a roster space for Malkin’s return.

  1. kp20520 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Hat trick for geno tonight

  2. orpiksdeadeyes - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    UH OH!!! ANOTHER COAST TO COAST HIGHLIGHT GOAL COMIN’!

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Excited to have Geno back tonight – hopefully he’s healthy. It concerns me a little that he’ll be back in it today considering yesterday he said he would want a practice or two more under his belt. But not going to look a gift horse in the mouth too much on this one.

    Hopefully this means the line juggling will slow down at least a bit. They should roll with Duper and Kuni with Sid, and Neal and Boychuk/Bennett with Malkin. The only thing TK should be winging is Mario in the press box, but unfortunately I’m sure he’ll suit up for his -2 and three TOs in the offensive zone.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      add a couple unnecessary minors in the offensive zone and that sums up #48’s season pretty well. i’d rather they keep #15 up and bench #48 on #71’s return. I gave 15’s game a lot of grief lately but since tangradi left he has been a lot better – maybe the pressure is off for him.

  4. sportsfreak13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Welcome back Geno! Lets not let history repeat itself though and lets watch out for a victor hedman check. By the way, I’m not implying hedmans dirty i just remeber what happened last time our star player (current NHL leader in points) came back from a “mild concussion” against tampa bay. History is weird like that sometimes.

  5. ironman721 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    That is outstanding news❗ Let’s go Pens🐧❗Now all they need is the defense to come back and they should be in great shape.

  6. spavs412 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Hope he is ready :) geno does lead the NHL in takeaways that should help… Well he was until injured

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    “Shrek Returns”
    Man is that guy ugly! Super talented, but ugly as sin.

    • bgrillz - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Coming from a guy who roots for the Flyers who house that bridge troll Scott Hartnell, this is rich….

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Which hockey players do you find attractive, then?

  8. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Good to hear! Hopefully he brings the rest of the team’s defense with him. Lord knows they’ll need it tonight against Tampa!

  9. mathieug79 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    As a desperate Tampa Bay fan, I want to cry lol, Hoping for a great game from our goaltender!

  10. bricktop02 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Welcome back Gina. I hope you got that yeast infection under control.

    • johninpa - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      I thought you had to be at least 12 to comment on this board.

  11. letsgopens8771 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    YAAAYYY GENO!!! MVP! MVP! MVP! Malkin owns Tampa! This should be awesome and thank God he’s back. Better keep him healthy for Thursday vs. Flyers, though.

  12. ironman721 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Who the hell let all the 10 year old girls in here, judging players on their appearance? 👎 What are you going to ask him to prom next? The Hockey gods are throwing up!

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