Penguins-Blackhawks: Malkin To Carry Hobbled Pens vs. League-Best Chicago

James ConleyContributor IIIDecember 20, 2011

Malkin is among the league leaders in points and points per game
Malkin is among the league leaders in points and points per gameJustin K. Aller/Getty Images

Evgeni Malkin is on a scoring tear, but it hasn't been quite enough to keep the decimated Penguins lineup from sliding down the Eastern Conference standings.

Chicago, meanwhile, has won eight of 10 and sits atop the NHL standings behind a potent offense and goaltender Ray Emery.

Jordan Staal, Ben Lovejoy and Craig Adams are game-time decisions for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek remain out of the lineup.