It may not be Halloween just yet, but fans in attendance Wednesday night at Mellon Arena will get a couple of treats.
First, rookie Evgeni Malkin will make his NHL debut when the Penguins take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m.
Second, all fans in attendance will receive a Sidney Crosby bobblehead doll.
The unique combo showcases two of the organization’s best young talents.
Malkin, who arrived in Pittsburgh with much fanfare before training camp, suffered a dislocated shoulder in a Sept. 20 preseason game in Moncton, New Brunswick. The freak collision with teammate John LeClair caused Malkin to land awkwardly on the ice and held him out of the Penguins’ first four games with a dislocated shoulder.
Now, he’s healthy and ready to prove himself in the NHL.
“It’s going to be nice. He’s looking forward to it. He’s been working hard the last couple weeks skating and trying to get into shape,” Crosby said. “It’ll be nice for him to get back on the ice and he’s going to help us definitely. We’re just starting to get used to each other out there.”
The bobblehead bearing Crosby’s likeness is the first one issued by the team.
“I think it’s pretty cool to have a bobblehead,” Crosby said. “I have watched other sporting events like baseball or hockey and seen people get bobbleheads when they went to a game. It’s pretty neat to happen here. Hopefully, I will get my hands on one – I haven’t seen it yet to compare it and see if it looks like me or not.”
The Penguins (2-2) look to get back in the winning column after alternating wins and losses for the first four games of the year.
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FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.
Wednesday’s game also marks the first of three contests in four days for the Penguins. Pittsburgh travels to New York on Thursday to take on the Islanders and returns home Saturday to battle the Columbus Blue Jackets.