Evgeni Malkin is back on the ice.
Today, he skated for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on March 16 against Boston that has kept him out of the lineup for the past 10 games.
"He is making progress with his rehab," head coach Mike Sullivan said of Malkin, whose status is week-to-week.
For the most part, the Penguins have been playing some terrific hockey in Malkin's absence. Pittsburgh went 6-1-1 in the first eight games he was sidelined before dropping two straight. But his teammates are more than ready to get him back as soon as possible, and today's news is a notable step towards that.
"It's huge," Sidney Crosby said. "Knowing how important he is to this team, and just the amount of guys that we've seen go out here lately, it's always great when you hear that guys are progressing. It's the same with Geno. So that's a big step. We've been battling pretty hard here with guys out of the lineup and we got to continue to do that."
Here are the rest of the injury updates that Sullivan provided…
- Forward Teddy Blueger, who has missed the last 11 games with an upper-body injury, was again a full participant in today's practice. "His status hasn't changed, he has not been cleared yet to play, but certainly his participation in a full capacity is encouraging," Sullivan said.
- Defenseman John Marino, who left in the third period of Tuesday's 8-4 loss to the Rangers and did not return, had a maintenance day today and did not skate.
- Winger Kasperi Kapanen, who has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury and is listed as week-to-week, has not skated to this point and is still going through his rehab off the ice.
- Winger Brandon Tanev, who is also listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury suffered on Saturday in Boston, also has not skated and is going through his rehab process off the ice.