UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Evgeni Malkin
is back in the Pittsburgh Penguins
lineup Tuesday night for the first time since Oct. 13. Malkin has missed the last five games and seven of the last eight with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
called Malkin a game-time decision Tuesday morning, but he likely knew then that the high-scoring center would be able to play. Bylsma joked that he was calling Malkin a game-time decision simply because he wanted to hold a secret over the media for at least six hours.
Malkin played against Washington on Oct. 13 and registered a pair of assists while playing more than 22 1/2 minutes, but he hasn't played since. He played in the Penguins' first two games of the season and had points in each, but then missed the next two games.
Malkin began the game centering Penguins leading scorer James Neal
and Steve Sullivan
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