Versus, which is picking up the Penguins' local telecast on Root Sports, showed footage of Evgeni Malkin
skating as he works to come back from knee surgery in February. Malkin's absence has flown underneath the radar -- all the attention has gone to Sidney Crosby
's absence due to a concussion, but the Pens have missed Malkin as well. Remember, it was Malkin, not Sid, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy two years ago when the Penguins took home the Stanley Cup.
The Penguins have had the better of the play, but Dwayne Roloson
has been up to the task so far -- with a little help from his left post, which stopped Brooks Orpik
's blast from the left point with just under seven minutes left in the opening period.