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Loading up: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) returns for Pittsburgh

Jan 5, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

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You can add Evgeni Malkin‘s name to the list of Pittsburgh Penguins returning to action this afternoon against Winnipeg.

Malkin took warm-ups before this afternoon’s game and will play against the Jets. He’s been out since December 14 with a lower-body injury. Malkin will be on a line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal.

Malkin missed nine games after he was injured in a crash into the boards against the Detroit Red Wings, a game after Kris Letang was put out of action with an elbow issue. With Letang rejoining the lineup today as well, the Penguins are getting back to full health rapidly.

The Penguins were already at the top of the Metropolitan Division as it was, but now that they’re getting key players, the rest of the Eastern Conference will have their hands full with a more robust Penguins lineup.

  1. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Yeah Geno is back!

  2. ironman721 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Finally some good injury news.

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    it will be interesting to see if malkin’s truly healthy…leg and foot are fine…just in time for a tune-up before sochi, wot

    his head…?

    what effect will geno’s return have on team chemistry that burbled along quite nicely in his absence thank you…will an immediate two or three game penguins’ skid be surprising in light of past history under similar dysfunction…will a continuing and spluttering offence bleeding points and consistency under control of two of the game’s better players be

    indicative of underlying problems…?

    personality conflicts on and off the ice…maybe…divergence in basic hockey philosophy and use of open ice the core of european hockey theology…maybe…an elephant in the room…white in colour green by nature…probably…envy

    bastardized spawn of ego…

    sid’s and geno’s…big elephant small room…book id

    and another early round exit unless bylsma, already worn from international hockey obligation can turn his genius toward the writings and papers of one sigismund schlomo freud…interactive play between mother’s wishes…sidney and evgeni’s…in their heads and in their room…

    white in colour green by nature

    • hockey412 - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I think your posts are

      indicative of underlying problems.

      Anyway, 2 goals, 1 asst, +3 on the day…looks like he’s ok…

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Couldn’t agree more and curious why so many Pens fans are in such denial to what the rest of the hockey loving public sees so obviously….

      • hockey412 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        Probably because unlike fans of other teams, Pens fans spend quite a bit of time watching the players off the ice, witnessing their true ‘colors’ and the interaction with each other, and quite frankly are the best suited to know what we’re talking about. I won’t pretend your comment was anything more than stirring the pot to get under skin, though…let’s face it: “white in color, green by nature”.

        Both Sid and Geno are great players, and have all they want. It’s why the both signed to long term deals, you buttweasel.

  4. csilojohnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Unless i misunderstood. reading through all that fluff.
    Keep dreaming muckle.

  5. rushledger - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Good win today, Geno was beast today. Jets are just not a playoff team as is, the gm needs to stop sitting around and start addressing issues.

  6. bencia823 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Another game, another Taylor Pyatt turnover that ends up in the back of the net. Can’t wait for megna to return and push him back to the waiver wire. Also, I know that it’s unlikely that Orpik, Scuderi, or Maata would get scratched, but Despres has earned the right to be on the ice right now, and it sucks to see him sitting in the owners box.

  7. csilojohnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I agree. Wouldve liked to have seen Despres in over Maata today.
    Even though he was better today then of late.

  8. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I know I can’t wait until Megna gets healthy. There is a reason why Pyatt was waived by the Rangers and why he fell all the way to the Penguins. His to slow for the Penguins system. I guess the only way he can make himself useful is if he would get to the front of the net and screen the goalie. It was interesting to see Brian Gibbons on Crosby’s line, I think he could be decent fit at least until Bennett comes back. I find it funny when other teams try to beat the Penguins by matching them goal for goal, the other team is never going to win. The scary thing about the Penguins is even when their best player Sidney Crosby has a quiet night the Penguins can still put up 6 goals.

  9. dropthepuckeh - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Loading up on regular season points but what happens when the real season starts?? Can Malkin stay healthy, MAF keep his head, will Neal be suspended, will Letang learn to absorb a hit instead of slashing anyone who dares to touch his pretty self?? So many unanswered questions and so intriguing. Not in question is whether Crosby will whine and cry to refs. Twice on Sundays.

  10. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Yes that is the big question but the Playoffs are still a ways away. Let’s just enjoy the ride. Hopefully the players from the Penguins will show up perform well.

  11. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I think it will all come down to Marc-Andre Fleury. If his great than the Penguins will be a force if he sucks then the Penguins will go home. I will say this home ice is going to be extremely important for the Penguins. If they get home ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs then I think they will go to the finals. I’m not even sure Boston can beat them. If Fleury plays great and the Penguins have home ice I could see them in the finals.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      and if they score and if the refs continue to call penalties against the other team and if…

  12. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Yeah there are a lot of what ifs in sports.

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