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Malkin ‘not rushing’ return, but Scuderi’s very close

Dec 29, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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With Pascal Dupuis in danger of missing the rest of the season due to an ACL injury, the Pittsburgh Penguins could really use some good news.

They got it Saturday as defenseman Rob Scuderi was declared a possibility for tonight’s game, according to the team’s website.

Scuderi hasn’t played since Oct. 26 due to an ankle injury. He’s great defensively and has won the Stanley Cup twice, including his championship with Pittsburgh in 2009. The Penguins are hoping he’ll prove to have been the missing link for them after some disappointing showings in the postseason during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings.

At the same time, Evgeni Malkin (lower body) will miss his seventh straight contest. He has started to practice, but he hasn’t taken any contact yet.

“I’m not rushing it,” Malkin said. “We’ll see after (Sunday’s) game.”

Pittsburgh’s match tonight will be in Columbus. The Penguins are 11-8-1 on the road this season, compared to 17-3-0 at the Consol Energy Center.

  1. steelers88 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    This is why I hate olympic years it always seems like the players are worrying more about playing for their home country than playing for their NHL team. I know it’s a great honor but it seems like the players don’t care as much like in normal years. I’m not saying this is the case with Malkin. I’m just saying it’s some of the players in general. I would expect a lot of players to start performing better and for some teams to make a run at the Playoffs.

    • bencia823 - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Watch the Malkin injury again. After being in a position where he couldn’t even stand, the fact that he’s practicing shows that he’s putting his best effort into getting back on the ice

  2. bencia823 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I don’t even see why the Penguins are acting like Geno will be back so soon. He was listed as day to day a couple of weeks ago, and after seeing the injury, it was obvious that he’d be out for a while. Geno has a history of recovering quickly from scary injuries, but I don’t expect him to be back for a few more weeks.

  3. steelers88 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Then why would he be practicing with the team? Malkin also said that he could also start seeing contact as soon as next practice. I don’t think he will play Wednesday but Friday I think he will be ready to go.

    • dirt2013 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      He probably needs to get his legs back in game shape.At the very least he had a bad sprained ankle so his legs suffered from lack of exercise. If you have ever had a cast on you would know how fast you lose strength.

  4. live4hockey - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    These guys being close to returning must be karma….

  5. steelers88 - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    What I would do is have Malkin sit out all of January and then sit out the first 4 games in February. Then he can comeback in for the olympics and then he can return to playing for the Penguins on February 27th. It’s better to have him healthy for the playoff run. The Penguins don’t really need him either because they have a big lead in the division.

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