Updates for Monday, Dec. 9
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