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Saturday, April 16
Malkin Remains Among NHL's Elite Despite Injury Woes
Malkin missed time because of an undisclosed lower-body injury in February. He's among the top scorers in the league with 27 goals and 58 points in 57 games.
The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner has been one of the NHL's greats since entering the league in 2006-07, but he isn't widely recognized as a scoring machine like Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin or teammate Sidney Crosby.
John Buccigross of ESPN shared an interesting tidbit about Malkin's standing among the leaders in hat tricks over the past decade-plus:
Most Hat Tricks Since 2005-06— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) February 12, 2016
Alex Ovechkin 14
Eric Staal 13
Ilya Kovalchuk 10
Evgeni Malkin 10
Crosby has seemingly found his shot of old this season, but the Penguins will benefit from Malkin's presence in the playoffs.