C EVGENI MALKIN will not play tonight at Columbus, missing his second game of the season.
Malkin, who practiced this morning at Nationwide Arena, continues to be bothered by a sore knee. He has worn a brace on that knee for about a month, and that injury is believed to the one re-aggravated on Thursday night during a home win against Atlanta.
Malkin has scored eight goals and is third among all Penguins with 22 points. He has not recorded a point in three games and has scored only one goal since netting a hat trick on Nov. 13 at Atlanta.
Coach DAN BYLSMAhad this to say about how he handles Malkin during times of struggle:
“It depends on what part of his game needs it. Offensively, he is more of a guy who needs a pat (on the shoulder)… defensively, you need to be right on top of him. It depends on the situation.”
Malkin does not speak after practices on game days. However, he has not been a regular for off-day practices during this period of the knee injury.
C MAX TALBOT will play tonight for the Penguins. Talbot’s left foot is bruised after he absorbed a shot from LW MATT COOKE during a deflection drill on Friday.