Evgeni Malkin joined Sidney Crosby on the injured list prior to the Penguins' game against the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins lost the New Jersey game without their top two forwards, but won their most recent matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Their record of 30-15-4 puts them in second place in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
While the Penguins are very much in a playoff position, that does not mean they are without flaws. What better time to work on these flaws and become the best they can be while playing without their top two players?
Here are some ways the Penguins can use the absence of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to become a better team. This slideshow will cover both individuals who need to improve, as well as team aspects that can be worked on.