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Pens' Malkin game-time decision vs Islanders

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is on the verge of rejoining Pittsburgh's already depleted lineup.

Malkin skated with his teammates Tuesday morning, and coach Dan Bylsma said it would be a game-time decision whether he would play that night against the New York Islanders.

Malkin has missed five straight games and seven of eight because of an injured right knee. Bylsma wouldn't go into what the determining factors were regarding whether the All-Star forward would play.

Malkin had season-ending surgery after tearing two ligaments in his knee against Buffalo in February. He played the first two games of this season, sat out a pair, and then returned on Oct. 13 against Washington and had two assists. He hasn't played since.

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