Evgeni Malkin returns to Penguins practice


  • Evgeni Malkin returned to practice Monday, exactly three weeks since coach Mike Sullivan said the center would be out “longer term” with a lower-body injury.
  • When the Penguins hit the ice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for their first practice since returning from their weeklong, three-game road trip, Malkin joined his teammates at a practice for the first time since he was injured Oct. 5.
  • Malkin, who has missed the last 10 games, wore a red non-contact jersey.
  • The center was injured in a win over Columbus at PPG Paints Arena after tripping over the skate of teammate Kris Letang.
  • He landed awkwardly on his leg, dropped to a knee and slid toward the Penguins bench.
  • A Blue Jackets defender then threw a shoulder into him and Malkin’s right knee got pinned against the boards.
  • After a couple of weeks of limited activity, if any at all, he ramped up the intensity of his workouts last week.
  • Last Monday, he pushed himself for about an hour.
  • It’s unclear if he will be in the lineup Tuesday when the Flyers come to town.
  • In other injury news, Brian Dumoulin, who has been sidelined the last four games, practiced Monday, as did Alex Galchenyuk, who could play against the Flyers.
Sources & Credits: MATT VENSE, Post Gazette
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