Malone, who missed 13 games with a lower-body injury, was cleared to play after the morning skate. His return, while welcomed, does create a lineup dilemma for coach Guy Boucher.
"[Alexander] Killorn has been outstanding, [Ondrej] Palat too, so they are not coming out," Boucher said. "[Pierre-Cedric] Labrie brings us a lot of grit and enthusiasm. We don't want to change that. Those young guys have been terrific."
BOSTON -- The Bruins' seven-game win streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs is amazingly the longest the Boston franchise has had against its Original Six brother from the north.
That Toronto enters Thursday night's game at TD Garden one point behind Boston in the Eastern Conference, and riding a three-game winning streak, tells the Bruins that the Maple Leafs are a different team than the one it has handled easily the past couple seasons.
A glance at the fighting-major leaderboard, which features the Maple Leafs on top, also sends the Bruins a message that they're going to have their hands full.
"They've obviously got a big lineup and guys who can definitely take care of business," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after an unusually aggressive morning skate. "With saying that, regardless of that fact, they've also been playing a good team game and been able to put pucks in the back of the net as well. So I think there's confidence up and down their lineup, from top to bottom, and you can see that in their play of late."
NEWARK, N.J. -- One day after New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello did a little roster tinkering, his team was back on the ice making preparations for the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Prudential Center.
The Devils play host to the Sabres (MSG-B, MSG PLUS) at 7 p.m. ET.
Last time these two Eastern Conference rivals faced off neither team could buy a save and the contest was an absolute barn-burner with 11 goals scored. Expect both teams to clamp down and play a tight-checking, playoff-style game. Pittsburgh leads the Atlantic Division and is just two points off the Eastern Conference lead, yet the Flyers are beginning to hit their stride as they look to claim two points and get back into the top eight.
• Top Line Production – With Scott Hartnell back in the lineup and Claude Giroux finding his scoring touch, the big line for the Flyers' needs to keep producing and put their team in a position to win games.
• Bryzy being Bryzy – The much scrutinized Ilya Bryzgalov has been playing well lately and needs to keep it up. Last time he faced the Penguins he simply let in too many goals. He'll need to keep the five hole sealed up tight and get a little help from the defense.
Penguins' Keys to the Game
• Capitalize on the PP – Capitalize on the PP – With arguably the deadliest powerplay lineup in the league, the Penguins need to capitalize on their inevitable powerplay chances. These teams play a scrappy game, so there should be opportunities, but it's a matter of capitalizing.
The move likely means veteran defenseman Steve Montador is ready to return from an upper-body injury believed to be concussion-related that has kept him out of the lineup since March 27, 2012, when he took a high hit in a game against the New Jersey Devils.
Montador had hoped to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season, but he wasn't medically cleared to return.
The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away and things are starting to heat up. Now is a great time to keep up with the latest trade news on Twitter -- if you're not doing so already -- and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #NHLTrade.
NHL.com's Trade Deadline Blog will be the top spot to find all the latest information leading up to deadline day on April 3.
In addition, "Cisco NHL Live" will have NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday to talk about the latest rumors.
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The (Bergen) Record that injured goaltender Martin Brodeur likely will miss at least the next three games because of lingering back soreness.
Brodeur has not skated since Feb. 24, when he pulled himself out of warmups prior to a home game against the Winnipeg Jets. Lamoriello said Brodeur has not had a setback in his recovery, but the injury is taking longer to heal than originally expected.
"It's the back," Lamoriello the newspaper. "It just hasn't come as quickly and we're going to make sure it's perfect."
The last time I did it was 1994 and surprise, 20 years later it’s still working. I don’t do it very much, though. I don’t think I had it. I’m kind of surprised. It was probably because I went to church before the game.
— Panthers veteran forward Jaromir Jagr on the move that produced his second goal in a 4-2 victory against the Senators on Sunday