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Malkin feeling better, but still out Tuesday

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the last three games with a left knee injury and a sinus infection, will travel with the team to New York for Tuesday's game against the Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN2), but will not be playing.

Malkin practiced Monday with teammates, centering the fourth line, flanked by Arron Asham and Eric Godard. He split shifts with Craig Adams.

When asked how he felt, Malkin said, "I can't say now, because I just practiced hard. If I feel all right the rest of the day and (Tuesday), too, I think yeah, I'll be playing."

However, coach Dan Bylsma, speaking after Malkin met with reporters, said his high-scoring forward is not ready to play just quite yet.

"Evgeni Malkin practiced with us today, and he'll be going on the trip with us but will not be playing in tomorrow's game," Bylsma told reporters. "It's dealing with his current injury. He's not ready to go in for tomorrow's game."

The "current injury" Bylsma is referring to is the lingering sinus infection that Malkin is trying to get past.

"It was a little bit hard to catch my breath and I was in a little bit of pain," said Malkin. "But I've had a couple days of rest and I feel all right now.

"(The doctor) gave me a couple pills and said I needed rest and to do nothing," Malkin said.

The knee problem that has plagued Malkin since October no longer is an issue.

"The knee feels all right," he said. "It's 100-percent ready."

Malkin has missed time twice this season with the knee injury, which along with the sinus problem was the reason he had to sit out All-Star Weekend. Malkin had received the third-most votes among forwards in fan balloting.
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