Evgeni Malkin Injury: Updates on Penguins Star's Status and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

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Updates for Monday, Dec. 9

Wes Crosby of NHL.com has an update on Evgeni Malkin's status:

And after missing two games with a lower-body injury, it appears he's ready to return Monday when the Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Coach Dan Bylsma told reporters in Pittsburgh that his lineup would be a game-time decision, but Malkin went through the morning skate in his usual second-line center spot, flanked by Jussi Jokinen and Jayson Megna.

 Later the team's Twitter account confirmed he is indeed in the starting lineup against the Blue Jackets:

Tonight's #Pens lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Jokinen-Malkin-Megna, Conner-Sutter-Vitale, Adams-Sill-Kobasew.

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 10, 2013